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 – 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…

Is the General Assembly violating open meetings laws?

We’re alarmed by a recent tweet by the Kentucky Senate Republicans where they touted the Senate “moving forward with its duties” and continuing to meet despite postponing the legislative session over the last few days. We reached out to Amye Bensenhaver, former Assistant Attorney General and co-founder of the Kentucky Open Government Coalition, to see…

Bluegrass Institute applauds ‘heroes of transparency’

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute released the bipartisan list of candidates for Kentucky House and Senate seats in the 2018 General Election who publicly and courageously expressed support prior to Election Day for making the commonwealth’s public pension benefits subject to the Open Records Act by signing the organization’s Pension Transparency Pledge. “Taxpayers have…

News Release: Bluegrass Institute prevails in open-meetings case involving Kentucky House of Representatives

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 5, 2018 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — A recent legal victory for the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government affirms that a closed-door meeting of the Kentucky House of Representatives last year to discuss public-pension reform violated the Open Meetings Act. House leaders attempted to avoid transparency requirements by characterizing the closed-door…

Bensenhaver addresses AOC audit, fallout: Judiciary should ‘heed its own words’

The first-ever audit of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) by State Auditor Mike Harmon was the subject of today’s meeting of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary in Frankfort. Harmon’s audit raises issues identified in “Shining the Light On Kentucky’s Sunshine Laws: A Proposal for Legislative Revision,” a 2017 report by the…

Bluegrass Beacon: Tax-raising politicians should choose comfort over transparency

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. What led to Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate’s ruling supporting the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government’s claim that the Kentucky House of Representatives held an illegal closed-door…

Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government demands transparency in JCPS’ Head Start abuse scandal

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 1, 2018 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government is appalled at recent accounts of more than 40 abuse cases in the Jefferson County Public Schools’ troubled Head Start program during the past 18 months and is calling on Superintendent Marty Pollio and the JCPS Board of Education…