METRO ATLANTA — A judge has extended an injunction that keeps thousands of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield customers in Northside Hospital’s coverage network.

This is the second injunction ordered as Anthem and Northside continue negotiations.

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Channel 2 spoke to patients last year who feared losing their favorite doctors if a deal could not be struck.

Anthem was asking to end an earlier 30-day injunction and immediately end Northside’s coverage, but a judge denied the request and extended the injunction until April 15.

In court filings, Northside cited a new 2021 law that prevents insurance companies from laying off health care providers during a public health emergency, such as COVID-19.

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Northside said in a statement:

“Northside has worked diligently to resolve this situation and fully understands the stress and frustration of Anthem members and their families. Northside will continue discussions with Anthem, with the goal of reaching an agreement that provides the best benefits for patients and their families. »