Nearly 1,000 South Carolina jobs that have been in limbo for two years are safe after a federal decision this week to uphold a contract award.
The Government Accountability Office decided to uphold an award of a $23.5 billion contract that had been in dispute since July 2009 for Tricare, the government-backed military health insurance program, to BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina subsidiary PGBA.
Administering government health care programs is a key business for BlueCross, and the company has been involved with the military’s plan for 30 years.
PGBA is a contractor for Humana Military Health Care Services of Louisville, Ky., which was awarded the contract by the Department of Defense. Around 250 PGBA workers in Columbia and Camden and 700 in Florence provide claims processing, customer service, fiscal services and information systems support for 3 million Tricare beneficiaries in 10 Southern states.
“This is a great day,” BlueCross President and CEO David Pankau said in a statement. “It not only saves jobs but contributes to the economic development of many of our South Carolina communities and elevates our state’s workforce. We are able to successfully partner and retain these contracts because of our total enterprise’s technology, our scale, our ability to manage multiple types of business, and an excellent work force. Most people don’t realize that we are much more than a commercial health insurance company.”