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Monarch to pay $2.5M to Blue Shield
Orange County Register

Irvine-based medical group Monarch Healthcare has agreed to pay $2.5 million to Blue Shield of California to settle claims resulting from a 2011 contract dispute that forced Orange County patients to choose between their doctors or their health plan. The money will go to Blue Shield’s philanthropic foundation to be spent in Orange County to improve access to health care and provide domestic violence services, said Steve Shivinsky, a Blue Shield vice president.