Passport flap could guide KY's path for curbing Medicaid costs, officials say

12/08/2010 07:28 PM

Perhaps the silver lining to the recent revelations about he Passport Health Plan will be a more efficient way to run that — and other — managed care systems for the state in the future, officials are now saying.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said “there’s enough fault to go around” in the lapses in oversight on spending by Passport but the challenge now is to find out whether it’s “a good deal for the state.”

“As far as I’m concerned, the Passport model is a very good model,” Stumbo said on Pure Politics, citing positive reviews he’s heard from patients and doctors in the Passport area. “I believe Passport is a viable concept.”

(See the video below to watch his interview on Wednesday’s edition of Pure Politics.)

The Passport Health Plan, founded 13 years ago by five hospital systems in Louisville, covers medical care for the 164,000 poor and disabled Kentuckians in Louisville and 15 surrounding counties. Passport has a nearly $800 million contract with the state to provide those services instead of the state’s Medicaid program directly reimbursing doctors and providers for their care for Medicaid-qualified patients.

Here’s an overview of the Passport flap:

Stumbo, the Democratic House Speaker, is a co-chairman of the legislative task force that is looking at cutting down Medicaid costs. He said he still favors the managed care approach, if the state applies the proper oversight and guidelines.

Here’s that part of the interview with Stumbo:

- Ryan Alessi


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