Budget balancing reality check: A look behind the curtain for Kentucky’s taxpayers

The rhetoric surrounding budget reductions in Kentucky never reflects reality. Our friends at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy predicted in April the cuts to state government due to the COVID-19 shutdown of the economy would be “otherworldly.” To be fair, their prediction was based on a worst-case scenario published by the Office of the…

Center for Open Government: Delayed release of responsive documents further undermines confidence in MCO procurement

The Finance Cabinet was quick with their response to the Center for Open Government’s request for documents submitted as a follow up to our August 3rd post. We requested the following: All individual notes and individual scoresheets created by Evaluation Committee members between the dates of 1/10/20 and 5/29/20 for RFP 758 2000000202 Medicaid Managed…

Center for Open Government: MCO consultant not part of Molina’s original bid

A review by the Center for Open Government of the first proposal submitted by Molina Healthcare in response to Kentucky’s $8 billion solicitation for Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) reveals consultant Emily Parento  was retained by Molina only after Andy Beshear was elected Governor and had appointed Parento to his health care transition team. The Beshear administration…

Center for Open Government: Procurement protest points to more questions about MCO contracts

A protest of the award of the state’s $8 billion Medicaid managed care contracts filed last Friday by Anthem raises a new set of questions about the management of the procurement and the Finance Cabinet’s adherence to Kentucky’s Open Records Act. (Note: Anthem provided a copy of their protest at the request of the Center…

UPDATED: List of KYTC single-bid contracts by contractor

We reported earlier this week our findings of single-bid contracts awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet from October 2019 to April 2020. The single-bid awards over the six-month period totaled $186,880,616. Eighteen companies were awarded a total of sixty-four single-bid contracts. Ten companies secured multiple single-bid awards. Eight companies secured one single-bid contract each. Mountain…

BIPPS Analysis: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded $186.9 million in single bid contracts over six-month period

In a letter to the interim State Government Committee, the Bluegrass Institute shared the findings of an analysis that from October 2019 to April 2020 the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded $186,880,616 in single-bid construction and maintenance contracts. Sixty-four single-bid contracts were awarded over the six month period. Eighteen contractors were awarded projects in forty-six counties through…

UPDATED – Center for Open Government: Finance Cabinet withholding documents clouds MCO consultant’s role

Two updates: The bid score sheets for the February 2020 re-bid of the MCO contracts are available on the Finance Cabinet’s website. From the Molina bid evaluation: “The extent of Emily Parento’s involvement is unclear.” Molina’s proposal highlighted Emily Parento being brought onto their team. The description provided of the work she would contribute was…

Center for Open Government: Finance Cabinet withholding documents clouds MCO consultant’s role

Less than two weeks after Andy Beshear’s inauguration, the Finance Cabinet cancelled the $8 billion Medicaid managed care contracts awarded in the final days of the Bevin Administration. The Cabinet re-issued a solicitation for new bids on January 10, 2020. Cancelling the contracts is well within the Finance Cabinet’s authority. A decision accompanying the cancellation,…

Center for Open Government: Use of consultant raises questions about Medicaid Managed Care contract process

A detail in a recent post related to the award of Kentucky’s Medicaid Managed Care contracts caught the Center’s eye. Kentucky Health News reported earlier this week: In a June 26 supplement to its appeal, (Anthem) says Molina should be disqualified because the company had “an unfair advantage” by employing Emily Parento, who signed a…