LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – On the verge of shutting down for good, Louisville’s Passport Health Plan will be sold to California-based Molina Healthcare, preserving the Passport brand name and about 500 Louisville jobs, the companies said Friday.

The sale will also minimize disruption for the roughly 300,000 low-income Kentuckians, mostly in Louisville, who get Medicaid health coverage through Passport and would have had to switch to a different managed-care insurer in 2021, the companies said.

Molina will also buy the west Louisville real estate at 18th Street and Broadway where Passport had begun to build a headquarters building and had plans for a “health and well-being campus,” though Molina didn’t specify its plans for the property.

In May, Molina and four other national health insurance

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