Kansas Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius in February denied Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's proposal to acquire Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, saying it would raise consumer premiums too much. Policyholders of the Kansas Blues plans approved the $321 million buyout last in Janaury.However, on Feb. 19, the board of directors of the Kansas Blues unanimously voted to appeal Sebelius' decision blocking the acqusition by Indiana-based Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Lawyers for the companies will file the appeal in Shawnee County District Court, said Graham Bailey, a spokesman for the Kansas Blues plan. A judge would then decide whether Sebelius' decision was justified based on the evidence she had before her.
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