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Consumer advocate sought for review of Pennsylvania health insurers' merger

AP/Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20, 2008

Several consumer groups and a labor union that represents healthcare workers want the Pennsylvania to appoint an independent consumer advocate to help review the proposed merger of Independence Blue Cross and Highmark Inc. The groups say such an advocate would ensure that consumers' interests are represented. The groups made their request in a petition filed with acting Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario, but they would like Gov. Ed Rendell to make the appointment.