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7/15/2017 Email this articlePrint this article 
State's takeover of Medicaid will cut 10 jobs, supervisors told

By Tom Pantera

Clinton County's case managers will be out of a job Aug. 31.

"The end is near," the director of county case management, Patricia Robinson, told the county Board of Supervisors Thursday.

The discussion came during the supervisors' regular meeting at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, where the board meets each year during the fair.

Robinson said 10 people - seven case managers, a supervisor, an administrative assistant, and Robinson herself - would be laid off as part of the state's push to privatize case management services for Medicaid recipients.

The office will handle clients through Aug. 15 and will effectively cease operations Aug. 31, she said, although some work will still need to be done before it's completely closed.

She said she had spoken Wednesday with representatives of AmeriHealth Caritas. That managed care organization informed Medicare recipients in February that it would take all case management in-house, but until Robinson's conversation Wednesday, nobody knew exactly when that process would be complete.

The process has been gradual - some clients formerly handled by the county already have moved over to AmeriHealth Caritas - but by the end of this month 180 more clients' cases will be managed by the MCO. Robinson noted that an additional 15, who have private insurance and are not handled by managed care, will be taken by programs in Johnson and Scott counties.

Robinson said she had been told by an AmeriHealth Caritas representative that the company still needed case managers, meaning some of those laid off here might find work there. Some of her case managers already had been turned down for those private jobs because of a lack of experience, but she told the person that all of Clinton County's case managers had at least 10 years of experience, something the representative said she would tell company officials.

"We knew this day is coming, but it's still sad to hear it," county Supervisor Shawn Hamerlinck said.

Robinson said after the meeting that she wasn't certain whether she would pursue a job with AmeriHealth Caritas.

In other business Thursday, supervisors received an update on the law enforcement center project from Building Maintenance Manager Corey Johnson and an update on county road projects from County Engineer Todd Kinney.

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