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Blue Shield of California Breaks Off Contracts with Sutter Health

Blue Shield of California has broken off contract talks with Sacramento-based Sutter Health, and that could affect almost 145,000 members who get their benefits from the health care provider. Negotiations broke down on New Year’s Eve with demands from both that keep the two far apart. If the stalemate holds, all affected Blue Shield members will be assigned to a new provider group by April 1.