The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded 3 managed care support services contract awards.
The department awarded the contract for the North region to a unit of Aetna Inc., Hartford; for the South region, to a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka, Minn.; and for the West region, to TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp., Phoenix.
TriWest is the incumbent contractor in the West region.
Health Net Federal Services L.L.C., a unit of Health Net Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif., is the incumbent in the North region, and Humana Military, a unit of Humana Inc., Louisville, Ky., is the incumbent in the South region.
The contracts include an initial 10-month “base period” and 5 1-year “option periods.”
The new contract period is set to start in April 2010.
TRICARE manages health care in military, veterans and civilian facilities for military personnel, retirees, and dependents of military personnel and veterans.
Aetna notes that, “under government procurement regulations the unsuccessful bidders for the North region TRICARE health care contract have the right to appeal (or ‘protest’) the award of the contract to Aetna.”
Health Net Federal Services and Humana Military have issued statements indicating they are waiting for the Defense Department to debrief them.