Seven companies are competing for a slice of the state's $4 billion Medicaid contract to provide health coverage and services for roughly a half-million Kansans.
Three of the bidders - Aetna Better Health, United Healthcare of Kansas and Sunflower State Health Plan - already have Medicaid contracts with the state that expire this year.
Four new companies have joined the bidding for one of the state's most lucrative contracts, including Molina Healthcare of Kansas, UCare Kansas, Healthy Blue and CareSource.
The companies have been jockeying for months as the state rolled out its blueprint for Medicaid services - commonly known . . .