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Court Revives AnthemKansas Blue Deal

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NU Online News Service, June 7, 5:43 p.m. – Anthem Inc., Indianapolis, has won a battle in a state court in Topeka, Kan.

The court has overturned a Kansas Insurance Department ruling that denied Anthem, a for-profit stock company, permission to acquire Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Topeka, a nonprofit health service plan.

Kathleen Sebelius, the Kansas insurance commissioner and a Democratic candidate for governor, rejected Anthem’s application in February, saying the deal would reduce competition in the Kansas health coverage market.

The state court, the Shawnee County District Court, vacated the commissioner’s ruling and sent it back to her for her to take a second look at Anthem’s application.

“We are pleased that the court has affirmed our position,” Anthem President Larry Glasscock said in a statement about the ruling. “We have always believed that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield would serve Kansas Blue Cross members well, bringing quality, affordable products to Kansas as we have in all other states in which we operate.”