The five private insurance companies hoping to oversee Kansas’ Medicaid system have until March 30 to show that they have assembled at least half of the statewide provider network needed in order to secure a contract, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. As a result, the companies are pressing service providers to sign contracts or letters of intent. Many providers are holding off, not wanting to commit to a company that might not be chosen. Krista Postai, who runs the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg, likened the companies and their sales pitches to “the cute guys with the blue eyes who sell computer software.” She said that “you want to believe them, but it never works the way they said it would.”
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