TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials announced Wednesday that five companies have submitted bids for three contracts to manage Medicaid, but skeptics of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul the state's $2.9 billion-a-year program saw it as another sign of potential problems.

The bidders all are out-of-state companies or Kansas affiliates of out-of-state firms. They include Amerigroup Corp., of Virginia Beach, Va., and United Healthcare, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Another bidder is Coventry Health Care of Kansas, based in Wichita, affiliated with Coventry Health Care, of Bethesda, Md. The state also received a bid from Sunflower State Health Plan, of Topeka, a subsidiary of Centene Corp., of St. Louis. Also among the bidders is WellCare of Kansas, affiliated with WellCare Health Plans Inc., based in Tampa, Fla.

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