The General Accounting Office confirmed that it has rejected protests filed by two managed-care companies not awarded contracts under the Department of Defense's Tricare program. Aetna, Hartford, Conn., and Sierra Military Health Services, Las Vegas, submitted bids to administer benefits to Tricare beneficiaries in the program's northern region. The award went to Health Net Federal Services, Rancho Cordova, Calif., and in September both Aetna and Sierra protested. The northern region includes 1.7 million eligible Tricare beneficiaries in 20 states. Health Net estimates the contract will bring it $1.4 billion in revenue annually. Humana Military Healthcare Services, Louisville, Ky., and TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp., Phoenix, will administer benefits in two other Tricare regions. -- by Jeff Tieman
GAO rejects protests over Tricare awards
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