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General Dynamics Wins $80 Million HHS Contract

Development of software and services for the Department of Health and Human Services' Early Retiree Reinsurance Program will add 100 IT jobs.
Lehrer also noted that every aspect of ERRP -- including employer application processing, claim requests, reimbursement processing, data management, data security, and claims auditing -- relies on IT to ensure that sponsors of retiree health benefits receive reimbursements in a timely and cost-effective manner.

"We are proud to bring our experience providing technological and operational support from other federal healthcare programs to bear on this critical effort," Lehrer added.

Company executives also said they will provide IT technology and operational support for the Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Program, which is one of several options available under Medicare that enables employers and unions to continue assisting their Medicare eligible retirees in obtaining more generous drug coverage.

The company will also support HHS' Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO), administrator of the ERRP program.

ERRP, launched on June 1, 2010 under the Affordable Care Act, encourages the retention of employer-sponsored health benefits for early retirees, spouses, and dependents by providing accepted employers with financial relief. Employers may receive 80% reimbursement for medical claims for retirees age 55 and older who are not yet eligible for Medicare.

OCIIO was created to aid HHS implementations of healthcare reform legislation provisions and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the new insurance market rules, overseeing the new medical loss ratio rules, assisting states in reviewing insurance rates, and providing guidance and oversight for state-based insurance exchanges. It is also responsible for compiling and maintaining data for a public internet portal providing information on insurance options.