Center for Open Government: Court sides with Anthem on MCO contract protest

The Courier Journal reported on Friday that the Franklin County Circuit Court has ordered the state of Kentucky to retain Anthem as a Medicaid managed care organization (MCO). The Center for Open Government has reported extensively on the Beshear administration’s mishandling of the process to select the MCO vendors. Anthem wasn’t awarded an MCO contract…

Center for Open Government: Emails reveal UofL’s efforts to hasten taxpayer loan for Jewish Hospital purchase

The University of Louisville (UofL) initiated negotiations on the terms of a $35 million taxpayer-backed loan to purchase Jewish Hospital almost six weeks before the legislation authorizing the program was signed into law, according to emails obtained by the Center for Open Government through the Kentucky’s Open Records Act . The emails provide the public with a…

Center for Open Government: Transparency crucial to the implementation of the UofL-Jewish Hospital merger

Frankfort’s lousy track record backing public-private partnerships wasn’t enough to deter the 2020 General Assembly from providing a $35 million taxpayer-financed loan to the University of Louisville (UofL) to acquire Jewish Hospital. Jewish Hospital racked up tens of millions in operating losses over the past several years. It was also given a failing grade on…

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 – 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…