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Mo. committee asked to review Medicaid contracts

Missouri lawmakers plan to investigate Medicaid contracts after a company's recent lawsuit challenging the awarding of a managed-care contract.Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer wants the Government Accountability Committee to review the competitive bidding process used by the state Office of Administration.

Mayer requested the inquiry this week. That comes after Molina Healthcare sued the state claiming it violated competitive bidding laws in awarding a contract earlier this year to Centene Corp. instead of Molina.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Supreme Court appointed a new judge Friday to preside over the Molina lawsuit. The high court chose retired St. Louis County Circuit Judge Bernhardt Drumm after retired Boone County Judge Frank Conley recused himself. Conley had been chosen Thursday to hear the case.
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