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TriWest Submits 3rd Generation TRICARE Contract


PHOENIX — Seeking to continue its strong legacy of service to military personnel, their families and retirees, and its effective and efficient operation in support of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) health care program, TRICARE, TriWest Healthcare Alliance today submitted the final proposal revisions to its bid to support the DOD in the delivery of health care for the 2.7 million beneficiaries residing in the 21-state West Region.

"It has been our honor and privilege over the past 12 years to contribute to the health and well-being of military families and those brave men and women who so selflessly serve in defense of freedom and we hope to continue to do so for years to come," said TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr. "If afforded the privilege of continuing to serve those we count as heroes, we will maintain our strong record of stewardship toward those we serve, the 135,000 health care providers who partner with us in this endeavor, and the taxpayer. We will continue to support our Military Health System partners with solid, effective and efficient programs that are fair, transparent, and deliver an optimal outcome."

TriWest Healthcare Alliance was founded by a group of locally-based not-for-profit health care entities in 1995 to administer the DOD’s TRICARE contract for the 16-state TRICARE Central Region.

In 2003, TriWest doubled in size when it was awarded the successor contract to administer the TRICARE program in the new 21-state TRICARE West Region. The bid is a re-compete for the same 21-state region.

"My company and the 16 other not-for-profit health care entities native to the TRICARE West Region who build and manage TriWest’s provider networks, have been honored and privileged to serve the military, their families, and retirees these past twelve years," said Michael Unhjem, TriWest Chairman of the Board and President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Dakota. "We appreciate the more than 135,000 providers who have partnered with us to make this service possible, and we welcome the Department of Defense’s careful examination of our final proposal as they determine who will be granted the opportunity to serve the TRICARE beneficiaries of the West Region in this next contract."

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