GAO Upholds UnitedHealth’s TRICARE Contract
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) upheld a Department of Defense (DoD) decision this week to award the TRICARE’s West region contract to UnitedHealth Group. The original decision was made in March following a lengthy battle between UnitedHealth and TriWest Healthcare Alliance, the company that’s had the contract since 1996.
TriWest was awarded its current contract in 2009, and that was protested by UnitedHealth. DoD then identified errors in the original award process and granted the contract to UnitedHealth, effective April 2013. TriWest, in turn, protested that award and GAO’s decision this week is a result of that protest. TriWest has not announced their plans for further action.
region includes approximately 2.9 million beneficiaries in 21 states,