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BOISE -- Idaho lawmakers are pressing ahead with an audit of the private company contracted by the state to process Medicaid claims and reimburse care providers.

The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee voted unanimously Monday to conduct a performance evaluation of Molina Medicaid Solutions.

The California-based company was contracted last year to handle Medicaid claims and payments. But providers around the state have complained, saying Molina has improperly denied claims or taken too long to send payments.

Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Janice McGeachin told the committee it's unfair for providers to wait months for payments.

She told the Post Register she wants the audit done before the Legislature adjourns.

Molina Senior Vice President Ann Koontz says the company is making progress, and recently reduced pending claims from 155,000 in July to 33,000 last week.

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