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Sun StaffA legislative reform of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is in danger of being discarded as the health insurer yesterday threatened dire consequences that would disrupt service to its 3.2 million customers. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. must decide by...
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Sun StaffCareFirst BlueCross BlueShield's new board chair promised Maryland lawmakers yesterday that she will work to restore their faith in the nonprofit insurer. "I'm committed to restoring the legislative trust that was there for so many years for this...
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Sun StaffA bill that would spell out a nonprofit, public service mission for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and set up an oversight committee to monitor the state's largest health insurer is expected to be introduced today in the Maryland House of Delegates. As...
Sun StaffRebuffing partisan calls for his resignation, state Insurance Commissioner Alfred W. Redmer Jr. defended yesterday his handling of requests from insurers to pass on a recently approved 2 percent HMO tax to consumers, saying he is following the procedure...
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Sun StaffThe long and bitter battle over the direction of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield ended last night when the Maryland General Assembly unanimously approved legislation that locks the insurer's nonprofit mission into law. The Senate vote was 46-0. The...
Sun StaffPointing to deception, mismanagement and flagrant attempts to profit from the proposed sale of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Alfred W. Redmer Jr. said yesterday that he will issue civil charges against the company and its...
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Sun StaffDefying pressure from Maryland's largest health insurer and the White House drug czar, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signed bills yesterday to take greater state control over CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and lessen penalties for seriously ill patients...
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Sun StaffMaryland's top two legislative leaders vigorously urged Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday to sign CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield reform legislation, and House Speaker Michael E. Busch predicted he would do just that. "From everything we hear, he is...
Sun StaffCareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is a nonprofit - except that it pays taxes unlike a charity, competes with for-profit insurers, tried to convert to a for-profit itself and is currently promoting its charitable efforts to stave off critics. Got that? If...
Sun StaffDouble-digit inflation is returning in health care - one national study published last month predicted an 11 percent average increase in health premiums for this year - but health care providers say they are caught in a money crunch. Doctors are worried...
Places and prospects Housing How the housing sector will perform is critical to the area's economy. New homes drive demand for building materials such as lumber, siding, brick and Sheetrock, and fuel construction and supplier jobs. Consumers buying both...
Sun StaffFederal investigators have subpoenaed extensive records of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in a probe of the conduct of Maryland's largest health insurer and its officers in attempting to convert the company to a for-profit operation and sell itself to a...
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