A new policy by a statewide Medicaid operator has independent pharmacists up in arms again. Earlier this year, pharmacists were the first group to alert lawmakers to problems with the managed care system. But they failed to get a bill protecting their co-pays signed into law.
Struggling Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit has followed through and is suing to end its contract with the state. Kentucky Spirit announced last week it was leaving the commonwealth, because it could not operate without massive losses. Now, it is suing in Frankfort courts to make it official.
The departure of one of three statewide Medicaid operators next year is once again raising concerns about adequate medical coverage in parts of the state. Earlier this year, coverage was one of the issues brought up between Coventry Cares, another operator, and hospital chain Appalachian Regional Healthcare in a lawsuit over contract issues.