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Companies Bid for FL Medicaid Contracts

Eleven insurance companies responded to the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration's request for bids to participate in a statewide Medicaid managed care program.  

The federal government has yet to approve Florida’s request for a waiver for the program. As Health News Florida reported, state lawmakers believe it will be approved, based on a letter from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services.

According to analysis from Stifel, five companies bid on all 11 regions: Centene, Coventry, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and Wellcare. Molina and Freedom submitted bids in eight regions, while  AmeriGroup (a subsidiary of WellPoint) bid in seven.

The companies are competing for about 3 million current Medicaid enrollees.

Each region has at least one company interested; the most competition is for the region that includes Broward County, where 10 companies and three provider-service networks submitted a bid. 

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.