United Protesting Yet Another Contract Award–State of Georgia Where They Claim “It Was Rigged”…
Posted Sep 04 2013 2:54am
Here we go again and there sure seems to be quite a few of these contract stories in the news of late. You know folks might be afraid to ask the company to bid? The contract was awarded to Blue Cross, which by the way seems to be the competition where United seems to be protesting. We all remember United sued the DOD to get the west coast Tri-Care contract a short while back and we have never heard as to why and what the outcome was other than DOD gave United the contract.
UnitedHealthcare has filed a strongly worded protest of the awarding of a state employees benefits contract, alleging that Georgia officials “rigged’’ the bid in favor of a competitor.
A letter from United and its attorneys at law firms Alston & Bird and McKenna, Long & Aldridge asks the Department of Community Health’s commissioner to review the award made to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, which was formally announced Friday.
The attorneys’ letter, dated Monday, alleges the agency engaged in “state-sponsored bid-rigging.’’
Blue Cross was the single insurer selected to deliver health plan administration and medical management services to the more than 650,000 state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents in the State Health Benefit Plan.
United’s protest letter accuses the Department of Community Health (DCH) of engaging “in a biased, unfair, opaque, and uncompetitive process more like the ‘old Georgia’ of backroom deals and shady politics than a state government that, at least on the surface, claims to value free and open competition.
Separately, he said, United has filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and an injunction in Fulton County Superior Court.