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Aetna and United Are Out of California. Who’s Moving In?
California Healthline

United Healthcare has more than 4,700 hospitals in its national network. Valley Health Plan has four. That relative scale is one reason why United’s departure from California’s individual market last week got so many headlines — even though the health plan only covers 8,000 people — while the news of Valley’s inclusion in Covered California last month got almost none. And on the surface, the thought of losing the nation’s largest health insurer doesn’t seem to augur much good for the Golden State’s health reform efforts. Especially in the wake of Aetna’s similar announcement last month.