A state judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals from implementing its plan to shift more than 800,000 Medicaid recipients and their $2.2 billion in claims to private insurers.
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District Judge Judge Janice Clark on Tuesday granted Aetna's request to block the plan. Aetna is protesting the state's selection of three firms—Louisiana Healthcare Connections, a subsidiary of Centene; Amerihealth Mercy of Louisiana; and AmeriGROUP Louisiana—to run "pre-paid coordinated care networks." Louisiana's health secretary, Bruce Greenstein, also selected UnitedHealth of Louisiana and Community Health Solutions of America to operate as "shared savings networks."
The Times Picayune reports the restraining order comes as DHH had launched contract negotiations with the selected firms.
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