The D.C. Council approved a contract Tuesday that gives a start-up health care firm, Thrive Health Plan, $542 million worth of Medicaid business with the District
This will be the firm's first source of business, prompting some concerns among council members.
According to the Washington Post, Councilman Vincent Orange was the most prominent detractor, accusing the firm's owner on the dais Tuesday of failing to disclose criminal offenses on forms submitted to insurance regulators. “The question here today is one of disclosure and honesty,” Orange said.
The owner, Thomas Duncan, defended himself recently, saying the insurance examiners were aware of his three misdemeanor offenses, two of which involved underage drinking.
In the end, the council approved the contract with a 7-3 vote.
Washington Business Journal has a helpful article explaining Thrive Health Plan’s background and the nature of the contract.
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