Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Del., agreed to sell its 31,000-member Mid-Atlantic Health Plan to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Delaware, pending regulatory approval. Financial terms were not disclosed. Two-hospital Christiana Care, which formed Mid-Atlantic in 1997, would be the latest of several providers to quit the insurance business in recent months. "This agreement will allow Christiana Care ... to focus our system's resources on our core competencies as a healthcare provider," system President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Laskowski said in a news release. Meanwhile, the 360,000-member Delaware Blues' affiliation with 3.2 million-member CareFirst, Owings Mills, Md., remained in question. CareFirst has filed an appeal in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, challenging a December 2004 ruling by the Delaware Supreme Court requiring the Delaware plan to break off from its parent. -- by Laura B. Benko
Del. system to sell 31,000-member health plan to Blues
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