Humana secures Louisiana Medicaid contract

The Louisiana Department of Health has selected Humana as one of four Medicaid managed care organizations that it will contract with for Medicaid benefits and services.

The other three organizations are AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Community Care Health Plan of Louisiana (Healthy Blue) and United Healthcare Community Plan, all of which previously had Medicaid contracts with the state. Humana Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana picked up a new contract.

The new contracts will take effect in January 2020. The four new Medicaid managed care organizations were selected after a state bid process that began in February.

The Louisiana Health Department contracts with five organizations to deliver benefits and services to Medicaid-eligible children and adults. Those contracts expire Dec. 31.

During the 2018 fiscal year, Louisiana paid $7.6 billion to five managed care organizations, which covered care for more than 1.7 million Medicaid enrollees.

The state's health department will now enter into contract negotiations with four newly selected Medicaid managed care organizations.

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