PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s second largest Medicaid carrier will shut down after the company and state failed to agree on a contract for 2018.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports FamilyCare President and CEO Jeff Heatherington says he met with Gov. Kate Brown Wednesday afternoon and declined the state’s offer because the rates were too low.
A spokeswoman for the governor declined to describe the conversation, but wrote in an email that Brown found reports that Medicaid members in FamilyCare’s network already were being denied services unacceptable.
The state now must transfer the approximately 113,000 children and adults in the Portland area currently under the provider to other Medicaid administrators.
FamilyCare’s board voted last week not to sign a new contract with the state, and Heatherington gave the company a slim chance of survival.