North Dakota Firm Sues Iowa Over Medicaid Contract

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Iowa's Department of Human Service has been sued by a North Dakota-based company that wants a $140 million contract to manage part of Iowa's Medicaid system.

Noridian Administrative Services, of Fargo, N.D., says the department unfairly awarded the contract to Accenture.

New York-based Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

According to published reports, Noridian's lawsuit says Accenture's bid proposal includes costs that are $23 million higher than those in Noridian's proposal and that Accenture's bid is "overly vague" in some areas.

Human Services Department spokesman Roger Munns says state Medicaid officials "ensured a fair and extraordinarily thorough process to evaluate proposals" and are confident their decision favoring Accenture was appropriate.


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