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September 27, 2022

PBMs
Centene settles with Texas Medicaid for $166 million arising from state allegations that the PBM overbilled for pharmacy services – at least the 12th such settlement since 2021

A report on September 19 by KHN noted that St. Louis-based Centene Corp. had reached a settlement with Texas for $165.6 million to settle claims that it had overcharged the state for Medicaid pharmacy services. According to the report, this is at least the 12th such settlement since 2021, but there may have been more, because many have been confidential. The Texas settlement was reached in July, but “hadn’t been publicly announced until [September 19] after KHN obtained a copy of the settlement through a Texas public records request and began asking questions.”

KHN reported that multiple states have filed suits against Centene, alleging overbilling of Medicaid programs for prescriptions and pharmacy services. Although “the total number of states is not publicly known,” KHN was aware of settlements with AR, IL, KS, MS, NH, NM, OH, TX, and WA “for a total of $475 million, according to news releases and settlement documents from attorneys general in those states.”

In a July filing with the SEC, Centene indicated it had set aside $1.25 billion in 2021 for potential settlements over pharmacy billing lawsuits from states.

In spite of the settlements, KHN noted that Ohio, Mississippi, and Texas have all continued their state Medicaid programs’ relationships with Centene. [Miller A, Young S. Centene to pay $166 million to Texas in Medicaid drug pricing settlement. KHN 2022 Sep 11; https://bit.ly/3DZK0J0