The Washington affiliate of CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, contributed less than $1.5 million to community activities in its service area in 2004 but should have contributed $40 million to $61 million based on the law and the organization's charitable mission, according to the District of Columbia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. CareFirst said it supports efforts to solve the greater Washington area's healthcare challenges but it "cannot do anything that would jeopardize the company's financial ability to protect its policyholders." The center's report continues criticism of CareFirst's commitment to its charitable mission set off by the insurer's proposed for-profit conversion rejected by Maryland in 2003. -- by Tony Fong
Advocacy group criticizes CareFirst D.C. affiliate
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