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Cedars-Sinai and UCLA cut from Los Angeles health plan

Los Angeles Times, September 24, 2012

Two of the most prestigious names in Southern California healthcare—Cedars-Sinai and UCLA—are getting shut out of a major insurance plan for being too expensive. In a bold cost-cutting move, Anthem Blue Cross has eliminated doctors affiliated with the hospitals from a health plan offered to about 60,000 employees and dependents at the cash-strapped city of Los Angeles. The city opted for Anthem's plan because it will save $7.6 million in annual premiums next year by excluding physicians from the two institutions known for tending to the Southland's rich and famous.