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Kentucky has turned to managed care organizations to provide health services to more than 800,000 Medicaid recipients, a move that could save the government health plan $375 million over the next three years.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced the move on Thursday.

The Beshear administration has been working much of this year to privatize portions of Medicaid. He announced last week that officials in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services were in the final stages of reviewing potential contracts.

In a Capitol press conference, Beshear unveiled three companies that will oversee Medicaid services across most of the state — Coventry Health Care of Maryland, WellCare Health Plans of Illinois and Centene Corp. of St. Louis.

Passport Health Plan will continue to serve the Louisville area.

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