Beshear to announce details of Medicaid contracts

Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to make an announcement next week regarding Medicaid managed-care contracts.

The Beshear administration had pledged earlier this year to have the contracts in place by Friday.

The Democratic governor said Friday that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is in the final stages of evaluating managed care organizations for potential contracts, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Those contracts are key to filling a $166 million deficit in the Medicaid budget.

Republican Senate President David Williams, who is running for governor against Beshear this year, had questioned whether managed care would generate enough savings to balance the Medicaid budget.

Williams said in a statement Friday that missing the deadline to have contracts in place speaks for itself.

--- Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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