FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky has received final approval from
the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to switch some
560,000 Medicaid recipients into lower-cost managed care programs.
Gov. Steve Beshear made that announcement Monday.
Kentucky, faced with a growing number of Medicaid recipients,
had begun a move toward managed care earlier this year in hopes of
lowering costs. Beshear said the switch is expected to save
taxpayers $1.3 billion over the next three years. He said that
total includes $375 million that would have been taken out of the
The feds sent notice to the state Friday announcing approval of
three newly created managed care organizations to begin serving
Kentucky Medicaid recipients. They are Coventry Cares of Kentucky,
Kentucky Spirit Health Plan and Wellcare of Kentucky.