Press Release | April 23, 2012
April 23, 2012 – The TriWest Healthcare Board has voted to continue support of their charitable partners while undergoing a Department of Defense contract appeal. TriWest lost the TRICARE contract for the West Region in March of 2012 and immediately appealed the decision. Military non-profit beneficiaries of TriWest support were hit hard by the news and possible consequences. “The TriWest board has stated that we will stand shoulder to shoulder with those organizations with which we have partnered in recent years to serve military families in the West until our last day in business, whenever that day may be”, stated TriWest’s Vice President for External Affairs, Scott Celley.
News that the support of 2012 ASYMCA programs would continue during the appeal process has been a welcome relief for the western branches of the Armed Services YMCA, including: Alaska, Hawaii, San Diego, Travis AFB, Camp Pendleton and Fort Riley.
The ASYMCA would be facing a significant funding deficit without the TriWest partnership, which would leave many popular programs and events like the Father-Daughter Dances and Hospital Waiting Rooms for children in jeopardy. “It’s our incredible honor to stand alongside the ASYMCA as they provide outstanding support to military families who have experienced a decade of conflict and multiple deployments,” said TriWest Healthcare Alliance President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr. “We’re truly privileged to be able to help the ASYMCA in the military communities that we have the honor of serving together.”
Regardless of the appeal outcome, ASYMCA CEO Mike Landers said “the Armed Services YMCA is grateful for the legacy of support and service TriWest has provided over the years during our partnership. For them to step up and continue that support during this period is a testament to their dedication to serving our military and their families.”
TriWest Healthcare Alliance partners with the Department of Defense to do “Whatever It Takes” to support the healthcare needs of 2.9 million members of America’s military family. A Phoenix-based corporation, TriWest provides access to cost-effective, high-quality health care in the 21-state TRICARE West Region. Visit www.triwest.com for more information.
About the Armed Services YMCA
The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) was rated in the top 3% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2011. The ASYMCA makes military life easier with free and low-cost programs for nearly 500,000 junior enlisted and their families each year at 33 branches and affiliates nationwide. Please visit www.www.asymca.org to learn more.