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Lawmaker questions Medicaid plan

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - A Kentucky lawmaker is expressing concerns over whether the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is ready to move the state's Medicaid program to a private managed care company.

The program provides health care for 820,000 low-income Kentuckians.

Republican Sen. Jimmy Higdon, who is the chairman of the Interim Committee on Program Review and Investigations, told cabinet officials on Thursday that a report by the panel's staff shows oversight problems with Medicaid.

Higdon, R-Lebanon said the reports "have us concerned that the cabinet is not fully prepared" to implement or monitor managed care by July 1, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

In response, cabinet officials told state lawmakers they believe they will be able to negotiate managed care contracts and will step up monitoring when those contracts are in place.

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