A new audit faults West Virginia's Medicaid agency for its handling of one of the state's most lucrative contracts.
The report issued Tuesday advises the Legislature to consider repealing a law that's allowed the Bureau of Medical Services to bypass contract bidding rules.
The audit says the 2009 exemption has failed to help the agency hire a firm to process Medicaid claims and oversee the program's electronic records.
The agency had argued that it could not work with the state purchasing office. But Tuesday's audit says the agency has since botched two attempts to seek bids for the 10- to 12-year contract.
Auditors also cite potential conflicts of interest in the agency's handling of the Medicaid Management Information Systems contract process.
The current contract is worth $20 million annually.
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