East Texas patients may be pushed to find a new hospital or insurance company if St. Luke’s Health-Memorial and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas cannot reach an agreement.

The companies have been at odds with one another over rates and premiums for months, and St. Luke’s Health-Memorial pushed for a break on June 17, issuing a 180-day notice of termination with intent to renegotiate.

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