Officials at an Illinois company that lost a bid for state employees' insurance contracts say they're not surprised by an audit critical of the procurement process. The state audit found serious problems with the way Illinois awarded $7 billion in contracts for state workers' health insurance. A spokeswoman for Urbana-based Health Alliance says many of the auditor's findings were pointed out in the company's original protest of the procurement. The audit comes as the state is settling a lawsuit by Health Alliance over the contracts. Health Alliance spokeswoman Jocelyn Browning says the company is focused on submitting a bid in a new request for proposals that's part of the settlement being worked out. Health Alliance insures about 90,000 state employees and their dependents.
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