Health Net Inc. (HNT:US) and TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp. won U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contracts with a combined maximum value of $9.42 billion.
A unit of Woodland Hills, California-based Health Net will receive as much as $5.05 billion under an agreement to coordinate specialty care for veterans, according to an announcement today on a federal government website. TriWest will receive as much as $4.37 billion through a similar contract.
The award is a lifeline for Phoenix-based TriWest, which cut more than 1,500 workers after losing a $20.5 billion Defense Department medical contract to UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH:US) last year.
“We have proven expertise in providing access to quality health care and pride ourselves in delivering best-in-class customer service to our nation’s veterans, even in the most rural areas,” David J. McIntyre Jr., TriWest’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.
TriWest said in the statement the Veterans Affairs agreement was for five years.
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