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    TriWest Wins GAO Decision on $65B Tricare Contract That Covers Half of US

    TriWest Wins GAO Decision on $65B Tricare Contract That Covers Half of US

    The Government Accountability Office has upheld the Defense Department's selection of TriWest Healthcare Alliance to manage the Tricare health program's western region — a contract worth $65 billion — rejecting Health Net Federal Services' second protest over the decision.

    The , the federal agency responsible for investigating contract awards and bid protests, made the decision on Aug. 4 to give TriWest the contract covering roughly half of the country, but has published few details. The agency announced on its website that it will review the decision for public release and post a redacted version once that process is complete.

    Regardless, Health Net Federal Services, a subsidiary of Centene Corp., plans to mount a legal challenge over the decision in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, a company spokeswoman told .com in an email Monday.

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    “Health Net Federal Services … disagrees with the Government Accountability Office's decision to deny our protest of the Tricare West Region Contract for T-5, the next generation of Tricare contracts,” Health Net said in a statement.

    TriWest, a consortium of nonprofit Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and university hospital systems, is no stranger to the Tricare West Region — the western half of the continental U.S., as well as Alaska and Hawaii — having managed the contract from…

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