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NH hospitals, insurer collaborate on new plan

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's two largest health systems are teaming up with 1 of the state's largest health insurance companies to offer new coverage plans they say will promote high-quality health care at a lower premium cost.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot Health System and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England announced their collaboration Monday.

The new product, called ElevateHealth, will have a smaller network of providers than Harvard Pilgrim's current network for employer-sponsored plans, but premiums will be at least 10% lower. And officials say the partnership will improve health outcomes because it will focus on helping patients better navigate the system.

ElevateHealth won't offer individual plans initially, but it could in the future, competing with the plans Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will offer under the Affordable Care Act.

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