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Feb 3, 2012 9:23 AM by AP

Aetna challenges state's health care pacts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Aetna Better Health has asked a state district court to throw out contracts awarded to three private companies involved in the state's new health care delivery system for the poor.
The Advocate reports the three contested companies are among five chosen to take over $2.2 billion of the state's Medicaid business. The three-year pacts are worth in excess of $6 billion.
In court filings Thursday, Aetna wants to nullify contract awards that went to Amerigroup Louisiana, Louisiana Healthcare Connections Inc. and United Healthcare of Louisiana. It wants the court to require the state Department of Health and Hospitals to solicit new proposals.
Aetna was an unsuccessful proposer and has objected to the contract awards in both administrative and court filings as it pressed for information related to the decisions.

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