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Taking on health care giants, Sutter Health HMO expands into Bay Area
San Francisco Business Times

Sutter Health’s new not-for-profit HMO plan, introduced in Sacramento and the Central Valley early last year, is finally expanding into the Bay Area. Its Sutter Health Plus plan is now available in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, in addition to Sonoma County, where it launched in March. The tiny health plan — 16,000 enrollees so far — is backed by one of the region’s most dominant hospital and medical group giants, so it has a higher chance of long-term success than other small insurers in a marketplace ruled by giants like Kaiser Permanente, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, along with big national plans like Aetna, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare. But it faces stiff competition.

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