State tosses WellCare from Medicaid program

iowa flag shape of iowaAn appointee of Gov. Terry Branstad late Friday adopted a judge’s recommendation and terminated a multimillion-dollar contract with one of the companies selected to run the governor’s proposed privately managed Medicaid program.

Iowa Department of Administrative Services Director Janet Phipps sided with Administrative Law Judge Christie Scase’s recommendation last month that WellCare — one of four companies selected to manage the $4.2 billion annual program — should lose its state contract because of an unfair public bidding process.

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