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Last Updated: October 27. 2011 1:00AM

Melissa Burden/ The Detroit News

Michigan has the fourth least competitive health insurance market in the country, meaning consumers and employers have fewer choices for health insurance than in most other states, according to a report by the American Medical Association.

Only Alabama, Alaska and Delaware had worse markets for health insurance competition, according to the report that used 2009 enrollment in health maintenance organizations and preferred provider organizations from 368 metropolitan areas and 48 states to come up with its findings.

In Michigan, the nonprofit Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan — the state’s insurer of last resort — controls 71 percent of the state’s commercial health insurance market, the association found.

The Blues control two-thirds or more of the commercial health insurance marke……….. continues on The Detroit News.
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