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Louisiana Medicaid contractor search slower than planned

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Posted at 10:51 AM, Dec 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-08 11:51:21-05

Louisiana’s latest search for contractors to manage the health care services of nearly 1.6 million Medicaid patients is taking longer than expected.

It’s blown past an early November timeline for announcing the contract awards.

The last bid process started by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration for the multibillion-dollar contracts was derailed two years ago in a legal dispute.

The Louisiana Department of Health has been using emergency contracts to keep the current managed care companies in place while it evaluates new bids.

The department said it hopes to have its recommendations to the Office of State Procurement by the end of this week.

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