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Blue Cross Blue Shield

December 18, 1997
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A little noticed but important trend has been transforming the health care industry nationwide, affecting millions of people and promising to affect millions more. State Blue Cross and Blue Shield non-profits — arguably the most well known health insurance associations in the country — are slowly being converted into for-profit companies.

Guests:

  • Julie Silas, staff attorney and policy analyst at the West Coast Regional Office of Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports.
  • Mark Scherzer, the legislative counsel New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage.
  • Mary Boland, vice president for Catholic Charities in the archdiocese of Denver. She chairs the Colorado Health Care Conversion Project, a coalition of some 31 advocacy.

Related link:

  • 12/2/97 Pacifica Network News–"Doctors Dump Bad Medicine in Boston Harbor"

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