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California consumer groups call on Blue Shield President to abide by insurer’s $140m commitment
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In a letter sent today, a dozen statewide consumer and community organizations advocates, including Health Access California, Consumers Union, CALPIRG, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Children Now, Congress of California Seniors, SEIU, and Western Center on Law and Poverty– today urged the President and CEO of Blue Shield of California, one of the state’s largest nonprofit insurers, to contribute $140 million over the next 10 years to its charitable foundation, and not renege on the conditions of its merger with Care1st as understood by state regulators. The nonprofit insurer is expected to make a decision about its yearly charitable contribution to its foundation at a meeting this month.