The Defense Department has cited lower health care costs as one of the benefits of the $58 billion in contract awards it issued in July to manage its TRICARE health care system. But in at least one of the two contracts, price wasn’t the driving factor.
The Government Accountability Office has denied nine out of nine bid protests filed by health insurers who came out on the losing end of the Defense Department’s $58 billion in contract awards to run the military’s managed health care system.
TRICARE contract protests are now so inevitable that a company might want to file one even if they’re one of the winners.
Phoenix-based TriWest Healthcare Alliance will end its challenge to the Defense Department’s award of the TRICARE West Region contract to UnitedHealth. The decision comes weeks after the GAO dismissed TwiWest’s protest.
The Government Accountability Office has turned back a protest over a multibillion dollar contract to administer part of the military’s TRICARE health insurance system, the losing bidder said Monday. The Comptroller General’s decision was not publicly released as of Monday afternoon, but TriWest officials said they had been notified of the rejection.