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Blue Cross/Blue Shield Agreement with Attorney General May be Rejected

October 26, 1999
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

A settlement between Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Missouri Attorney General may not be approved by a Cole County judge. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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The proposed settlement would set up a multi-million dollar health care foundation for the poor and uninsured. But, Judge Thomas Brown of Cole County, is expected to rule against the proposal in the next few weeks. Sandra VanTrese, Executive VP of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, says Brown will be making a mistake if he rejects the settlement ...

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OutCue: "THE FUTURE."
Contents: VANTRESE SAYS THE SETTLEMENT CREATES THE LARGEST HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION IN THE STATE AND WILL PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE BASED ON NEED.

If approved, the foundation will provide 10 to 15 million dollars per year to pay for health care for those in need.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

By: Kyle Elfrink

State Capital Bureau

Later this week, a Cole County judge will hear on arguments for the proposed settlement between Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Attorney General's Office. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.


Judge Thomas Brown has been advised to reject the settlement. Executive VP of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sandra Vantrese, says the judge would be overlooking support for a plan that gives 10 to 15 million dollars per year in medical care...

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OutCue: "MILLION MISSOURIANS."
Contents: VANTRESE SAYS THE SETTLEMENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE MISSOURI ATTORNEY'S GENERAL OFFICE, THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, AND 95 CONSUMER GROUPS THROUGHOUT MISSOURI.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Attorney General will argue for the settlement in front of Judge Brown on Thursday. Brown's ruling is expected within the next 2 weeks.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.