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Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts Health Plan Reconsider Board Pay

The state's second-and-third-largest health insurance providers have decided to reevaluate the practice of compensating their part-time board of directors.

Board members from both Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care plan to meet within the next few weeks to take up the issue.

Earlier this week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts suspended compensation to its board members. That occurred after intense criticism over the the $11 million total severance package handed to former CEO Cleve Killingsworth.

State Attorney General Martha Coakley is urging all the insurers — which are nonprofits — to follow Blue Cross' lead and reexamine board pay.

This program aired on March 10, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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