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State offers more health choices to teachers, employees, retirees

Answering criticism from thousands of teachers, employees and retirees, state officials announced Tuesday that two more companies will offer health coverage to the 650,000 members of the State Health Benefits Plan next year.

UnitedHealthCare, which sued the state last year after being excluded from the $3 billion plan, was selected to offer three plans next year, including a statewide HMO. Such HMOs generally have higher premiums but low out-of-pocket costs. Kaiser Permanente, which also lost out last year, will offer an HMO in the Atlanta area in 2015, the Department of Community Health said.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, which has run the plan exclusively this year, will also continue as a provider next year

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