COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Department of Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran today announced that Medicaid customers will have more options when choosing a managed care health plan in the department’s new person-centered vision of care. Buckeye Health Plan will join six previously announced Next Generation managed care organizations (MCO):
Ohio Medicaid originally deferred its decision on Buckeye’s application after the Ohio attorney general filed a lawsuit against Buckeye Health Plan and other entities related to Buckeye’s pharmacy benefit management structure. That lawsuit has ended in a settlement. ODM notified Buckeye Health Plan of its decision to award a contract to the MCO upon completion of ODM’s review.
Ohio Medicaid’s Next Generation managed care selection will begin covering members next year. Medicaid customers will continue to receive services through the transition and will have the opportunity to select among seven MCOs in the future program.