NU Online News Service, April 22, 2004, 7:54 p.m. EDT – WellChoice Inc., New York, says it has ended acquisition discussions with Oxford Health Plans Inc., Trumbull, Conn.[@@]

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that WellChoice, the parent of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, was looking at the possibility of acquiring Oxford, but investors have speculated on message boards that Oxford might be considering offers from other suitors.