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New Anthem Blue Cross plan takes on Kaiser
New Anthem Blue Cross plan takes on Kaiser

Taking aim at HMO giant Kaiser Permanente, insurer Anthem Blue Cross is joining forces with several big-name hospitals and their doctors to create an unusual health plan option for employers in Southern California. The joint venture being announced Wednesday brings together seven rival hospital groups in Los Angeles and Orange counties, including well-known institutions Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the UCLA Health System. The deal reflects the pressure insurers and hospitals alike are facing to hold down healthcare costs for employers and their workers. The California Public Employees' Retirement System, the giant pension fund and the nation's second-largest healthcare...

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