Judge Rules Against Medicaid Provider

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A judge has ordered Kentucky Spirit to pay for preventative care that local health departments across the state provide to school children.

The Courier-Journal reports Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued the ruling Tuesday.

The Medicaid managed care provider stopped paying for such services last summer, saying it wasn't obligated to cover the care under its contract with the state.

Shepherd disagreed and ordered the company to pay for care that has been provided since then. The state has estimated the amount to be nearly $8 million. The order affects 59 public health departments in Kentucky and the schools they serve.

Kentucky Spirit's parent company, Centene Corp. of St. Louis, released a statement Tuesday saying it is reviewing the order and "considering all options including an appeal."

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