Contract awarded to manage WVa foster kids’ health care

West Virginia has awarded a contract to manage the health care for thousands of foster children. (Pixabay)
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has awarded a contract to manage the health care for thousands of foster children.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says in a news release that Aetna Better Health of West Virginia has been awarded the $200 million contract.

West Virginia’s foster care ranks have swelled to nearly 7,000 — an increase of more than 60 percent from 2015 — as the state grapples with an ongoing opioid addiction epidemic.

Lawmakers earlier this year passed a bill requiring DHHR to transfer children in foster care to a managed care organization after the Department of Justice threatened to sue the state over possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act within its foster system.