By Tristan 

Judge approves Blue Cross antitrust settlement


HELENA ((AP) — A federal judge has approved a government antitrust settlement involving two Montana health insurers after one of the companies was broken up.

U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull approved the settlement on Thursday, saying that it was in the public interest.

State and federal prosecutors filed the lawsuit against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana last year after the state's largest insurer offered $26.3 million to five hospitals if they switched their employees' insurance coverage.

The five hospitals are owners of New West Health Services and prosecutors said the deal...

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