Humana Tricare contract award challenged

Tuesday - 3/8/2011, 8:40am EST

The Defense Department has reversed course with its Tricare contract. The $21.8 billion contract was originally awarded to UnitedHealth Group. DOD has since awarded the deal to Humana, after THAT group filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports UnitedHealth Group has struck back, filing a protest with GAO. That triggered a temporary hold on the contract. GAO says Defense rarely overrides temporary stop orders.

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