Molina Healthcare lawsuit over Missouri Medicaid contracts goes to court

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 11:49 a.m. CDT; updated 1:13 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 11, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A California company that lost a Medicaid contract with Missouri is suing the state, alleging the process was changed to favor other companies, including a major donor to Gov. Jay Nixon.

A hearing on Molina Healthcare's lawsuit is scheduled Friday in Cole County. The California-based company is asking a judge to delay an open enrollment period scheduled to begin April 19.

The Kansas City Star reports Molina was one of five companies with Medicaid contracts in Missouri until the state decided only three companies would be awarded more than $1.1 billion in contracts.

One of the companies chosen was Centene Corp., which has donated to Nixon.

The state agency that handles contracts for Missouri said the bids were awarded properly.

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