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Blue Shield agrees to Acquire tri-county Physicians Choice Health Plan
Pacific Coast Business Times

Blue Shield of California has entered into an agreement to acquire Bakersfield-based GemCare Health Plan, which operates as Physicians Choice Health Plan in the Tri-Counties, the company announced Tuesday. GemCare is active in the commercial and Medicaid markets in Kern County and in Ventura, North Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. With the planned acquisition, Blue Shield will add Medicare members in these counties, with the exclusion of Ventura, for the first time.