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Harvard Pilgrim CEO Works To Contain Costs, Negotiate With State Insurance Regulators
The Boston Globe: "When an insurance appeals board issued a surprise ruling on June 24 toppling the Patrick administration's cap on Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's premium rates, there was little time for gloating in the health insurer's executive offices. A week letter, Harvard Pilgrim struck a deal with regulators voluntarily limiting its 2010 rate increases to single digits. That decision reflects the pragmatic approach of [Eric H. Schultz, chief executive of Harvard Pilgrim], a soft-spoken industry veteran who has found himself at the center of the health insurance storm in recent months and is emerging as a tougher competitor to the larger Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The pressure to contain costs has intensified in recent months, pitting the insurer against the hospitals and doctors with which it negotiates rates" (Weisman, 8/24).
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