- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state against Carolinas HealthCare System, saying it has illegally reduced competition and limited the ability of consumers to find better health care deals.

The lawsuit was filed jointly on Thursday with the U.S. Department of Justice in U.S. District Court in Asheville.

According to the complaint, Carolinas HealthCare System used its market power to keep consumers from taking advantage of better prices at other hospitals and from getting access to less expensive insurance. State and federal officials want the court to bar the practices.

Carolinas HealthCare System issued a statement saying it’s strongly committed to providing accurate and useful information to consumers and patients as it relates to cost, quality and value of their care.

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