Anthem in line to keep contract with CalPERS

03/20/2013 12:00 AM

03/20/2013 8:15 AM

Anthem Blue Cross is poised to win another five-year contract to run CalPERS' preferred provider organization plan.

CalPERS' pension and health benefits committee Tuesday recommended Anthem – already running the program – for a new contract. The other finalist was Blue Shield of California. The PPO program serves 357,000 CalPERS members.

"It was a tough decision because both Anthem and Blue Shield's responses were very good in terms of meeting our requirements," said committee chair Priya Mathur in a press release.

The committee's recommendation must be ratified by the full CalPERS board, which meets today. The new contract takes effect next Jan. 1.

Call The Bee's Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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