UNH gets 2nd shot at military contract

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 11, 2011 - 10:28 AM

Minnetonka-based insurer UnitedHealth Group lost an initial bid in 2009 on the $17 billion contract.

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mamagrizApr. 7, 1112:12 PM

Excellent! Maybe with their whopping profits they will give their employees a meaningful raise in this new decade!

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morejusticeApr. 7, 11 1:04 PM

UHG should not be given a second chance! A terribly run company that is under a $10 billion dollar lawsuit from the State of CA for the screwed up Pacificare merger! UHG admitted they screwed up the merger! Call your congressional reps. and tell them UHG should be kicked out of the bidding process!

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morejusticeApr. 7, 11 1:05 PM

A second chance? UHG should try running their data center first! on 09/14/2006 it completely lost power!

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tpsmkemkApr. 7, 11 3:10 PM

The current contract holder of the Tri-care West lost tons of confidential data on its current and former patients. Yes, it did screw up the PacifiCare merger. (They had a hard understanding the California market. I am a former PacifiCare employee.) UHG strengths are its technology and financial disipline. Their weakness is their customer service and the stock option scandal. Make no bones about it--they are tough competitor and have strong political allies on BOTH sides of the aisle.

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AirForceGuyApr. 7, 11 6:50 PM

If you want to know why average Americans are getting poorer and poorer every year, this is why. This is what fascism ACTUALLY is. You hear very ignorant people attaching that label to anyone they don't like politically, but what it really is is when corporations "own" government. There is absolutely no reason why HMOs should even be considered to administer services (especially like this) to the military. It's unethical, wasteful, and inefficient. Private companies charge the government astronomically more than they would, say, an individual or another private company because they know the government will just pay it. We should take away corporations incentive to enter into lucrative contracts with the government...like taxing any of those profits back. That way they will have no choice but to play fair since the more they make (from the government) the more we will take back at the end of the year.

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Stone257Apr. 8, 11 8:31 AM

The article mentioned Aetna covering the southern region. I thought it was Humana, Aetna in the NE. My expereince in healthcare, private companies are much more efficient than government in the overall contract management and adjudication of claims. Pvt companies tend to manage the $ better. UHG has been buying up insurance companies which sometimes creates integration issues, one being customer service lapses. They are on the right track but how they get there has been a little messey. Many companies expereince that.This contact will be good for jobs in the metro.

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