Louisiana congressman questions Medicaid contract awards

Louisiana congressman questions Medicaid contract awards
Congressman Cedric Richmond (Source: U.S. House of Representatives)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is facing questions about his administration's multibillion-dollar Medicaid contracting decisions from a fellow Democrat, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

Richmond sent a letter to the governor Friday. The congressman is raising concerns that the administration's new Medicaid managed care contract awards, leave out the largest current contractor in the program, Louisiana Healthcare Connections.

Richmond says he worries about job losses and disruption in care for thousands of Medicaid patients who will have to move to new health plans.

Current managed care contracts expire this year.

The Edwards administration selected four companies to oversee the government-financed health coverage of 1.7 million Louisiana Medicaid patients starting in January.

Louisiana Healthcare Connections, which provides coverage for about 26% of current Medicaid managed care patients, wasn’t selected to continue its work.