✦After some delay, the Louisiana Dept. of Health (LDH) on Aug. 5 said it intends to contract with four Medicaid managed care organizations, down from five MCOs that currently serve the state’s 1.7 million Healthy Louisiana enrollees. LDH selected AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Community Care Health Plan of Louisiana (Healthy Blue — an Anthem, Inc./Amerigroup partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana), Humana Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. The awards are not final and are subject to negotiation and a protest period, which has the potential to delay the planned start date of Jan. 1, 2020. Contracts are to be executed on or about Aug. 23. CVS Health Corp.’s Aetna Better Health and Centene Corp.’s Louisiana Healthcare Connections were two incumbents not selected to renew. Centene currently has a 31% market share of the program and had the lowest technical score of all six bidders, which Jefferies analysts found to be “less than encouraging” ahead of new contract awards in Texas that are expected to be unveiled this month, according to an Aug. 8 research note from the firm.
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