$46M Louisiana Medicaid contract extension given to company
BATON ROUGE - Another $46 million contract extension has been given to the company that processes bills for Louisiana's Medicaid program.
Lawmakers have extended the deal four times, often grudgingly, saying they aren't sure they've got the best arrangement, but feel stuck while they wait for the health department to search for new contractors to do the work.
House and Senate health committee members approved the one-year extension for Molina Medicaid Solutions without objection Wednesday. The contract amount is largely standstill.
California-based Molina has been doing Medicaid claims processing for Louisiana since 1981, and the health department has added more tasks over the years.
Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says her department will be shopping around, breaking up the work and putting it out for bid. That process, however, is expected to take years.