Court ruling clears Ohio to pen Medicaid pacts

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio is prepared to move forward with certain Medicaid contracts after an appellate court ruled in the state’s favor in a lawsuit that had blocked officials from signing the agreements.

Amerigroup Corp. had sued the state, claiming the contract application process was flawed. The insurer was not among the top scorers.

The contract winners will provide health care services to 1.6 million Ohioans on Medicaid. The contracts provide billions in government work to the winning companies.

The Franklin County Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s decision in a 2-1 ruling on Friday, saying Amerigroup failed to prove the state Department of Job and Family Services abused its discretion in awarding the contracts.

A spokeswoman for Virginia Beach, Va.-based Amerigroup said today the insurer was exploring its legal options.

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