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New Hampshire reaches $21.1 million settlement with Centene | Local Business

New Hampshire has reached a $ 21.1 million settlement with a Missouri company over the misreporting of drug benefit service costs, the attorney general’s office said on Friday.

Centene and its subsidiaries Granite State Health Plan, Inc. and NH Healthy Families, Inc. are responsible for one of the three health plans of the New Hampshire Medicaid managed care program. The state began investigating costs, including the price of prescription drugs, after similar investigations in other states became public.

“This settlement represents a significant clawback for New Hampshire taxpayers who adequately compensate the state for the financial harm it has suffered,” Attorney General John Formella said in a statement.

St. Louis-based Centene Corp. in the settlement agreement denied any liability, wrongdoing, or violation of any federal or state law.

“This no-fault deal reflects our commitment to resolve this matter quickly and transparently and to focus relentlessly on delivering high quality health outcomes to our members in Granite State,” he said. in a press release.

In recent months, the company struck a deal with several other states following a two-year investigation into whether the company overcharged Medicaid for prescriptions. Kansas in December reached a $ 27.6 million settlement, and Mississippi and Ohio in June settled lawsuits against Centene totaling nearly $ 144 million.

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