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Continued: Pentagon pushes UnitedHealth on Tricare delays

Government and UnitedHealth officials meet daily to discuss the problems, he said.

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., wrote to UnitedHealthcare officials last week demanding to know how they intended to fix the delays in care. Walz is scheduled to meet with UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans managers on Friday.

Some of the problems stem from the sheer size of the operation. The western region Tricare contract covers 21 states and 2.3 million beneficiaries and is worth $20.5 billion. It is part of a consolidated benefits system that took the nation from 10 Tricare regions to three, Camacho said.

UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans battled hard for the western region contract, winning a protest after the government tried to give the contract to TriWest Healthcare Alliance Crop., which had administered the western region for 16 years.

 

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