The fight between Minnesota and Medica Health Plan for control of the 1.25 million-member, not-for-profit insurer entered state court, as a trial began in state Attorney General Mike Hatch's efforts to remove seven directors from Medica's board. Hatch alleged that the directors "hijacked the company for their own self-enrichment," earnings salaries of $70,000 to $93,600. Medica, Minnetonka, Minn., said the suit represented an "unwarranted and unprecedented overreaching" by Hatch to control a private company and its board. Hatch forced the split of Medica and Allina Hospitals & Clinics in 2001 and subsequently appointed the directors. He argued that the appointments were temporary. Hatch wants the court to remove the seven directors and appoint a special master to oversee the election of new directors. The company has 14 board members, according to its Web site. A Medica spokesman said the trial was expected to last a week. -- by Melanie Evans
Trial begins in Minn.'s effort to overhaul Medica
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