Local/Regional News
10:30 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Judge Hears Arguments In Medicaid Dispute

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A federal judge has heard arguments in a dispute over Medicaid services.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that lawyers for Appalachian Regional Healthcare and managed-care company Coventry Cares were in court Tuesday arguing over whether Coventry could serve the needs of 25,000 eastern Kentucky Medicaid patients without using ARH facilities. The healthcare system has eight hospitals and other health clinics throughout the region.

Coventry has said it wants to sever its contract with ARH, and ARH has asked that Coventry patients be given the opportunity to transfer to WellCare, another managed care company.

Coventry argued that it could serve the area reasonably without ARH facilities. The judge did not issue a ruling, but asked sides to submit proposed findings by Thursday.