Medicaid provider to terminate contract with state

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Medicaid managed care provider in Kentucky is seeking to terminate its contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services after only a year, a move that would cut some 200 jobs in Lexington.

Kentucky Spirit Health Plan, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Centene Corporation, announced Wednesday that it is exercising a contractual right to end the contract effective July 5, 2013.

Kentucky Spirit said in a statement that it is committed to helping the 140,000 clients it serves transition to another provider. Kentucky has three other Medicaid contractors.

Centene Chief Administrative Officer Carol Goldman said the company regrets the loss of the Kentucky jobs, which represent over $12 million a year in wages and benefits. The company will seek to transfer some employees to other locations.

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