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Evergreen Health Co-op aims to compete with the health care giants
Evergreen Health Co-op aims to compete with the health care giants

Dr. Peter Beilenson thought fighting the intractable rates of drug use and sexually transmitted diseases in Baltimore was tough. Then the former city health commissioner took on health insurance. "It's the hardest job I've had," said Beilenson, founder and CEO of Evergreen Health Cooperative, a nonprofit insurer created under the federal Affordable Care Act to offer "patient-centered" care and bring cost-curbing competition to the market. "We're first new commercial insurer in 20 years in Maryland as far as we know," he said. "It's not easy to have a successful startup in a state that basically has a monopoly." Beilenson is...

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