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Blue Cross and Blue Shield to stay at local hospitals

BRADENTON — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida signed a contract renewal with Manatee Health Systems today to continue covering policy holders at Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, according to Mark Wright, spokesman for Blue Cross.

The insurance provider and the hospital system were in a dispute over the financial terms of Blue Cross’ contract as Manatee Health Systems was seeking a rate increase. Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s contract was set to expire Dec. 31, but it has been renewed for one year.

Blue Cross would not disclose financial terms of the agreement.

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