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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Misleading Mailings

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched an investigation into whether Humana improperly communicated with its senior citizen enrollees about health care reform legislation pending in Congress. In a warning letter to Humana, CMS expressed concern that some of the company’s mailers were misleading and confusing partly because the company’s lobbying campaign could be mistaken for an official communication about Medicare benefits. CMS ordered the company to immediately halt all such mailings and remove any related materials from its Web site. Humana, which is cooperating with the investigation, could be fined or suspended from marketing its plans and enrolling new beneficiaries if it is found to have violated regulations governing how health plans may communicate with beneficiaries.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Health and Human Services
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Administrative
Disposition
Pending
Date of Announcement
9/21/2009
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Humana $0
Further Information Released
CMS Press Release 10/27/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database