Kaiser Permanente, which in January announced plans to sell its Charlotte, N.C.-based health plan, is now considering exiting North Carolina.
After losing money in the state for three straight years, Kaiser confirmed last week that it is "actively considering" the sale of its operations in North Carolina's Research Triangle area, where it has about 75,000 enrollees.
That region encompasses the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area.
In mid-January, Kaiser said it hoped to sell its 35,000-enrollee Charlotte unit by midyear. So far, however, no sales agreement has been reached, and some observers in North Carolina say there has been little interest in the Charlotte subsidiary.
"We do not foresee reaching a level of success required for the long term," George Stokes, president of Kaiser's Research Triangle unit, said in a written statement. He added that Kaiser has begun discussions with "several prospective purchasers."
Kaiser's North Carolina subsidiary lost $12.4 million on revenues of $202.5 million last year.