Commonwealth of Kentucky Chooses UnitedHealthcare to Serve its Medicaid Beneficiaries

June 08, 2020 | 2 min Read
  • Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries will have access to UnitedHealthcare medical and prescription drug plans and preventive health and wellness programs

The Commonwealth of Kentucky, which is partnering with managed care health plans to improve people’s health and well-being and reduce health care costs, selected UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kentucky as one of five organizations to administer its statewide Medicaid program, effective January 1, 2021.

“We are honored to work with the Commonwealth of Kentucky to ensure Medicaid beneficiaries have access to value-based, sustainable, person-centered solutions,” said Amy Johnston, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kentucky. “Our mission is to help people live healthier lives and to help make the health system work better for everyone, and we are committed to improving the overall health of Kentucky Medicaid plan participants.”

UnitedHealthcare will work closely with the commonwealth to deliver self-management care solutions and improve the overall health and well-being of Kentuckians through whole-person, coordinated care, which addresses both medical needs and social supports and services such as access to addiction support and medically assisted treatment, food, transportation, employment and housing.

The company will offer health benefit plans for a portion of approximately 1.2 million eligible adults and children who meet qualifications for the state’s Medicaid program. Membership will include access to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan’s care provider network, wellness programs and comprehensive health coverage. This includes preventive care, primary care, hospitalization, prescriptions and other health and wellness services, often at low or no cost.

Currently, UnitedHealthcare employs nearly 800 people in Kentucky and works with a number of local organizations and nonprofits to improve access to vital health care and community resources that help people live healthier lives. In 2018, community-based organizations in Kentucky received investments and grants totaling more than $500,000 through the United Health Foundation, business and corporate giving and employee giving campaigns.

UnitedHealthcare provides employer-sponsored, individual, Medicare and Dual Special Needs plans for more than 411,000 people in Kentucky. More than 21,000 providers and hospitals are under contract in the state. For more information, visit

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individualsemployers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with over 1.3 million physicians and care professionals, and more than 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @UHC on Twitter.