Report: Tennessee wastes millions on no-bid COVID contract with non-healthcare company

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Nashville CBS affiliate WTVF reports Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and his team potentially wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on COVID-19 testing which was promised by a politically connected company.

WTVF’s Phil Williams looked into the incident and discovered Tennessee Health Commission Lisa Piercey steered a $26.5 million, no-bid contract to a Utah company, which Williams noted has no experience in health care. This contract was reportedly written up after a Republican political consultant pitched it to Gov. Lee’s office.

Williams reports the deal fell through and the Lee administration ended up paying the Utah company nearly $6 million to break the contract.

“This is frankly worse than our worst fears,” said state Sen. Jeff Yarbro, a Nashville Democrat who had expressed concerns in the early days of the coronavirus crisis about potentially unaccountable spending as state government responded.

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