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Dispute between Aetna, California Medical Assn. heats up
Los Angeles Times

Two healthcare heavyweights are exchanging sharper blows and more patients may be caught in the middle of this fight over medical payments.

This week, the California Medical Assn., the largest physician group in the state with 35,000 members, accused health insurance giant Aetna Inc. of refusing to negotiate with member doctors or kicking physicians out of its insurance network as retaliation for a lawsuit filed last month. As a result, the association said, Aetna may be limiting patients’ access to their regular doctors.