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…

School opening in Kentucky – Still lots of questions with few answers

The July 20, 2020 edition of KET’s Kentucky Tonight was totally dedicated to the issues and challenges Kentucky’s public school system faces as it struggles to configure a fall learning season. Will schools open normally in person? Will schools use a blend of in person and distance learning, now being called Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) by…

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,…

K to 12 talks about doing distance learning, but why aren’t people checking out Kentucky’s own, 15-year-old distance learning program?

It’s a mystery to me. As Kentucky’s K to 12 education system wrestles with the challenges of putting together a full academic year of online learning in case the COVID Virus makes in-person student attendance at schools impossible, a major, long-running Kentucky source of knowledge about how to do year-long distance seems to be known…

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…

Another Kentucky School Report Card Issue – Just try following the money

I wrote previously about some problems with the Kentucky School Report Cards. One issue surfaced when I linked to a different page in a school’s report. Suddenly, the school for which the data was being reported changed without warning. I also discussed the misleading nature of bar graphs on one of the report card’s sub-pages.…