VIDEO: AG Says Health Insurance Protest Under Review

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Guam – The Attorney General has issued a statement saying a protest filed by one of the health insurance companies that bid for the GovGuam Health Insurance contract for FY 2012 is under review.

And “all proceedings including negotiations in connection with the procurement are stayed until the protest is resolved.”

The AG’s statement does not reveal the name or the nature of the protest.

However, as PNC News reported Tuesday, the protest was filed by Aetna whose local agent is Moylan’s against the decision by the evaluation team to  negotiate solely with Calvo’s SelectCare.

The basis of the protest is over the manner in which the evaluations were done that led to SelectCare being chosen for the final negotiations.

In their protest letter, seen by PNC News, Aetna charges that the GovGuam evaluation team failed to follow the requirements of the RFP by not allowing outside consultants to evaluate the proposals.

Instead, Aetna charges that a 9 member evaluation team examined the proposals. And, Aetna’s letter claims, 4 of the 5 who rated  SelectCare higher on the issue of cost, have ties to the Calvo administration.

The Aetna protest charges bias in the evaluation process which it calls “arbitrary and capricious.”

READ the AG’s statement in FULL below:

Hagatña, Guam-July 27, 2011-The Government of Guam FY 2012 Group Health Insurance RFP procurement had involved negotiations with the highest ranked offeror.  However, on July 20, 2011, a protest was filed by one of the three offerors.  Under 5 G.C.A. §5425(g), all proceedings including negotiations in connection with the procurement are stayed until the protest is resolved by the Government of Guam.  No further comments will be provided as the protest is under review by the Government of Guam and the Office of the Attorney General.