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HMO customers caught in Sutter-Anthem crossfire
Sacramento Business Journal

Anthem Blue Cross continues negotiations with Sutter Health to nail down a new contract for next year, but the process heated enough last week to prompt Anthem to send letters to 33,000 HMO customers warning them the contract will expire at Jan. 1 — and everybody will be assigned to new doctors. State law requires health plans to notify members 60 days before a contract termination that affects their medical group. But high-stakes contract negotiations are the norm, especially with Sutter and Anthem.

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