New state health clearinghouse hired

June 24, 2009


— Kansas has hired a new contractor, Denver-based Policy Studies Inc., to process applications for Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

PSI will assume responsibility for the clearinghouse operation from MAXIMUS in January, according to the Kansas Health Policy Authority.

The six-year contract with PSI is worth $56 million.

“The clearinghouse is a critical part of the state’s public insurance program,” said Andrew Allison, KHPA executive director. “This is the area where we’ve seen tremendous growth in our workload during this economic downturn. When people lose their jobs, many of them turn to Medicaid and SCHIP as their only option for affordable health coverage.”

Dawn Gelle, regional vice president for PSI, said the new contract will result in greater efficiency for the state and better services for beneficiaries.


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