Ex-executive seeks to toss Kansas Medicaid suit extortion claims

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former executive who sued a firm managing part of the privatized Medicaid program in Kansas asked a judge Monday to toss out counterclaims accusing her of trying to extort $3 million, calling those claims a “not so thinly-veiled campaign of retaliation.”

The latest legal dustup comes in the federal lawsuit filed against Sunflower State Health Plan Inc. and parent Centene Corporation by former Sunflower Vice President Jacqueline Leary. Her lawsuit, filed in October, contends she was wrongfully fired after protesting potentially improper cost-cutting moves for the Kansas Medicaid program.

Last month, the companies filed a counterclaim alleging Leary tried to extort the money from them by threatening to forward “spurious” information about them to state regulators after she was fired.

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