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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Physicians Health Plan of Mid-Michigan Abandon Merger Plans
Date:3/8/2010

Blue Cross-Michigan and PHP are the two largest providers of commercial health insurance in the Lansing area. Blue Cross-Michigan has almost a 70 percent market share in Lansing, and PHP is its largest competitor with approximately a 20 percent market share. PHP is owned by Sparrow Health Systems Inc., the largest hospital system in Lansing. Competition between the two companies has led them to offer lower prices, better service, and more innovative products to employers and their employees.

"We welcome the decision by Blue Cross-Michigan and Physicians Health Plan of Mid-Michigan to abandon their deal, which will preserve competition among health insurance companies in Lansing," said Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. "The merger would have likely led to higher prices, lower levels of service and decreased quality of health care for consumers."

The Justice Department worked closely with the Michigan Attorney General's office in its investigation of the proposed Blue Cross-Michigan-PHP merger.


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