NU Online News Service, Dec. 9, 2003, 12:44 p.m. EST – The U.S. General Accounting Office has denied a protest by Sierra Health Services Inc., Las Vegas, of an award that could cut Sierra out of the TriCare program.[@@]
TriCare is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense that provides health coverage for military personnel, veterans and military dependents away from military and veterans medical facilities.
Sierra has been a major TriCare contractor in the past. Now it is seeking a contract to cover 2.8 million people in the program’s North region.
TriCare procurement managers awarded the contract to a unit of Health Net Inc., Los Angeles.
The GAO Office of the General Counsel rejected Sierra’s appeal of the decision and denied allegations by Sierra that TriCare procurement managers failed to observe federal procurement regulations in evaluating TriCare proposals.