By CHAD ABSHIRE
Sen. Ray S. Jones II (D-Pikeville) recently sent a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear, asking him to step in and “ensure the vulnerable citizens of Kentucky on Medicaid receive adequate healthcare,” a press release stated.
Coventry Cares of Kentucky recently notified Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Baptist Healthcare System and King’s Daughters Medical Center that it was going to renegotiate contracts.
Jones said that if no agreement was reached, more than 40,000 people who currently receive Medicaid services through Coventry would either have to move to another health plan or switch health care providers.
He also said that Coventry was now sending letters to doctors in eastern Kentucky to notify them that Coventry was terminating their provider contracts.
“This is unacceptable,” Jones said. “I (have) called on Gov. Beshear to step in and help address this crisis.”
In the letter to the governor, Jones stated that he was ready to assist in any manner.
“We need to make sure that patients who receive Medicaid services through Coventry have access to adequate health care,” Jones said.