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Hearing on Mergers May Get Testy
California Healthline

A proposed merger of the Centene and HealthNet health insurers in California is expected to get tight scrutiny on Friday when the California Department of Insurance holds a public hearing on whether or not that merger should be approved. Three hearings already have been held by a different state regulatory agency on health insurance company mergers, but this one will have a more open format. “This one’s going to be different,” said Anthony Wright, executive director at Health Access California. The first three hearings held by the Department of Managed Health Care included presentations from representatives of the two insurers, statements from the agency and a session where members of the public could make statements of their position on the mergers.