Columbia United Providers officials on Friday got the news they and thousands of Clark County residents have been waiting months to hear: CUP can continue to serve local Medicaid managed care members.State Health Care Authority Deputy Director Preston Cody said Friday the state had approved a contract that would allow CUP and Community Health Plan of Washington to work together and remain in Clark County.“I hope everybody is pleased with the outcome,” Cody said. “I know the Health Care Authority certainly is.”After months of uncertainty, the state appears to have found a solution that benefits everyone involved. Medicaid patients will remain with their current providers, if they so choose. Renegotiated physician reimbursement rates will save the state money. And CUP and Community Health Plan will continue to operate in Clark County.“We’re happy,” said Lance Hunsinger, chief executive officer of Community Health Plan. “We have historically served in Clark County. Our interest was to continue to serve that population, and this result allows us to continue to do that. so we’re pleased.”The agreement will also mean no disruption in care for local Medicaid members, which was an ongoing concern for CUP officials.“Our goal from the start was to keep this critical health care safety net intact for this community,” Ann Wheelock, CUP chief executive officer, said in a written statement.