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KING COUNTY MEDICAL RESPONSE TO NEWS OF CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

 SEATTLE, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by King County Medical Blue Shield:
 "We were surprised to learn of reports yesterday that a class action lawsuit had been filed against King County Medical Blue Shield and others regarding policies related to negotiated discounts from providers. We have not yet formally received any information related to the suit.
 "However, the allegations that have been reported thus far concerning a failure to give our subscribers the benefit of negotiated discounts are completely false. The suggestion that King County Medical (KCM) is anything less than completely candid and fair in its relations with its subscribers has absolutely no basis in fact.
 "King County Medical does negotiate discounted payments with its participating hospitals, physicians and other providers in an effort to control health care costs. Since KCM is a not-for-profit company, the discounts are for the benefit of our subscribers.
 "We are deeply disturbed by the unfounded accusations made by the plaintiffs' attorneys. We have not been served with any lawsuit, so we are not able to respond to any specific allegations at this time."
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 /CONTACT: Tracy Salter of King County Medical Blue Shield, 206-464-3789/


CO: King County Medical Blue Shield ST: Washington IN: HEA SU:

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