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GAO reviewing complaint about UnitedHealth contract

A multibillion-dollar military contract awarded to UnitedHealth Group this summer is now in limbo after the U.S. Government Accountability Office upheld a competitor’s complaint, the Business Journal reports.

Humana Military Healthcare filed a protest after UnitedHealth won the $21.8 billion contract in July to administer military health benefits. The GAO’s decision was disclosed in an SEC filing Wednesday, but the decision is sealed under a protective order with few public details.

Humana previously issued a statement claiming that the Department of Defense appeared to use different criteria and procedures for awarding the contract than those listed in its original request for proposals.

“UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Services made a very strong proposal to the Department of Defense,” Lori McDougal, CEO of UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Services, said in a statement today. “We will continue to participate in the process as the Department of Defense determines how to implement GAO’s recommendations.”

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