Texas rejects insurers’ Medicaid contract protests

Texas officials rejected protests from eight insurers challenging its Medicaid contract awards.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission rejected challenges from AmeriHealth Caritas, CareSource Bayou Health, Cook Children’s Health Plan, Driscoll Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Health Plan, Superior HealthPlan (Centene) and Wellpoint Insurance (Elevance Health), according to documents published June 7.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Molina Healthcare, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare were awarded the majority of the state’s tentative contracts, which are collectively worth $116 billion. Texas did not award contracts to Fort Worth-based Cook Children’s Health Plan, Houston-based Texas Children’s Health Plan or Corpus Christi-based Driscoll Children’s Health Plan.

The tentative contract awards to manage the state’s STAR and CHIP programs mean 1.8 million Medicaid recipients in Texas would need to switch to new plans if the contracts are finalized.

Executives for Cook Children’s and Driscoll Health previously told The Texas Tribune their health plans will likely shut down if they are not awarded STAR and CHIP contracts.

Source: Texas rejects insurers’ Medicaid contract protests / Becker’s Payer Issues

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