DentaQuest Files Suit to Challenge Medicaid Contract Reversal

by Billy Tarpley on April 13, 2017

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported in the April 13, 2017 edition that DentaQuest, one of the four companies that bid for the Medicaid Dental contract, has filed suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court requesting that the judge overturn a decision that unseated the company as one of the two vendors for the program.

Filed on Monday, the suit claims that the state procurement office erred when it dismissed DentaQuest for not disclosing a lawsuit in federal court in Massachusetts. During the initial bid selection, DentaQuest scored the highest among the four companies. Delta Dental of Arkansas remains the only company whose selection has not been challenged.

The procurement office’s reversal was the result of a complaint filed by Managed Care of North America (MCNA), which provided information about the Massachusetts lawsuit. DentaQuest has asked that MCNA be disqualified and the contracts be rebid.

The case has been assigned to Judge Wendell Griffen.

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