Protests Delay $4 Billion Contract Award for Medicine at VA Hospitals
Recent delays in the approval of a $4 billion contract with medication suppliers for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals have both sides of the issue up in arms over fair treatment of small drug companies.
The contract between current medication wholesaler McKesson Corp. and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is set to expire soon, prompting the VA to award a new contract, which could last another 8 years with renewals.
The controversy came during the proposal process where 2 small private companies complained they were wrongfully denied a shot to provide for 2 regions of the U.S. that had been set aside for small businesses in the original contract.
The protests were filed with the Government Accountability Office and have delayed the pending May 10 contract start date until after June 4 when the last decision on the complaints should be made. Luckily it is not an immediate cause for concern to veterans who receive medication through VA hospitals, as the current contract can be extended as needed
Although this is not an immediate concern for veterans yet, it may become problematic in the future. The VA obtains federal grants to help support veterans in the best way possible. This includes veterans’ disability benefits, in which a veteran can apply for, to receive the necessary funds to take care of their health. If grants are not awarded, a veteran may be left struggling.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.