BCBS’s two largest plans might find employers are more willing to work with them if they can offer large, multistate networks that competitors have previously had a lock on.

Insurers are gearing up for increased competition following Blue Cross Blue Shield’s antitrust settlement. Back in September, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association tentatively agreed to a $2.7 billion settlement to resolve antitrust claims levied by over 1 million individual and corporate policyholders.

The settlement would allow plans in the BCBS ecosystem to compete in territories once the domain of other BCBS plans, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. It would also ease restrictions on acquisitions and revenue caps for business not associated with BCBS plans.

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