AT&T will keep running Medicare network

AT&T Government Solutions has received a $76.6 million contract to continue managing the data network supporting the Medicare and Medicaid programs for the next four years.

The contract is a follow-on to an earlier one held by the Vienna, Va., company. That deal expired in March. This time, the Health and Human Services Department awarded the contract through a modification to the company's General Services Administration FTS 2001 contract.

The Medicare Data Communications Network is a WAN linking HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services headquarters in Baltimore with state Medicaid agencies, regional offices, call centers and outside contractors. It also supports remote dial access for more than 75,000 users and provides Internet access.

In addition to managing the network, AT&T Government Solutions will host the and Web sites at company data centers in northern Virginia and San Diego. The company also will provide an extranet and intranet for the HHS agency.

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