Three major insurers filed protests with the Government Accountability Office after Tricare awarded new lucrative military healthcare benefits contracts to competitors. Humana, Health Net and UnitedHealth Group filed protests with the GAO over the managed-care contract awards, announced on July 13. The six-year, $55.5 billion in total Tricare contracts serve 9.4 million beneficiaries, including uniformed service members, their families and retirees. Humana is a current contractor for the South, while Health Net serves the North region. UnitedHealth was selected as the new contract for the South region, but has filed a protest over the West region contract, according to Tricare. Transition to the new contractors was supposed to begin immediately, but because of the protests, the transition was halted, according to a Tricare spokesman. The GAO typically takes fewer than 100 days to issue a decision. The new contracts are scheduled to begin on April 10, 2010.
Late News: Three insurers file protest with GAO on Tricare contracts
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