Medicaid provider ordered to pay local health departments after lawsuit


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

Good news for local health departements put in a tough spot by a Medicaid provider.

Kentucky Spirit has been ordered by the courts to pay for preventative care that 59 health departments across the state provide to school children.

The Medicaid managed care provider stopped paying for such services last summer, saying it wasn't obligated to cover the care under its contract with the state.

Groups like Purchase District Health Department, owed $546,000, took Kentucky Spirit to court to try to end their contract with the state.

The judge ordered Kentucky Spirit to pay for all care that has been provided in the meantime, estimated at nearly $8 million.

Kentucky Spirit's parent company, Centene Corp., says it is "considering all options including an appeal."