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For Immediate Release
May 22, 2003
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
scaine@oag.state.md.us

ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST
BLUE CROSS TO PROTECT MARYLAND INTERESTS

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that his Office filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgement & Injunctive Relief immediately following Governor Robert L. Ehrlich’s signing of legislation that will reform CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield’s board of directors. The complaint, filed today in Baltimore City Circuit Court, seeks an injunction to prevent the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association from terminating its licensing agreement with CareFirst, which is the leading health coverage provider in Maryland.

"The Office of the Attorney General has taken this step to protect the interests of 135,000 current and retired state employees, 600,000 federal employees and 3.2 million subscribers in Maryland and neighboring states," Attorney General Curran said. "We will vigorously challenge the Association’s position that this newly signed legislation violates the licensing agreement and we will further challenge any assertion by CareFirst that it is unconstitutional."

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