Ohio is seeking bids from managed care organizations for state Medicaid contracts that provide health care services for more than 1.6 million poor and disabled people.
The state's request Wednesday reflects efforts by Gov. John Kasich's administration to update how health services are delivered.
Under the contracts, Medicaid beneficiaries will be offered four managed care plan choices, up from the current two or three. Ohio is also upping performance expectations in the contracts by linking a portion of each Medicaid managed care plan's payment to standards aimed at making people healthier. Managed care plans will also have to develop financial incentives for hospitals, doctors and other providers that are tied to improving quality and patients' health.
Enrollment under the contracts is expected to begin Jan. 1, 2013.