The D.C. government violated procurement laws when it awarded three of its largest contracts this summer — totaling $1.5 billion for three companies to manage health care for Medicaid recipients, a D.C. Contract Appeals Board judge ruled.
The city must reassess the contracts that govern which insurance plans are available to hundreds of thousands of poor Washingtonians, Judge Nicholas A. Majett said in his order. The decision could mean tens of thousands are forced to change health plans, some for the second time in a year.
Majett ruled that all beneficiaries may stay on their current plans through the end of September 2021.
The administration of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) decided earlier this year to move almost all Medicaid recipients in the city onto what is known as a managed-care plan, where a private insurance company provides health insurance to Medicaid recipients.