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Hackensack, Meridian merger may lead to new health insurance forays

Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network and Meridian Health, Neptune, N.J., have signed a preliminary deal to merge into a regional mega-system. And the new organization has its eyes set on ambitious plays into the commercial insurance market.

The new system, called Hackensack Meridian Health, will have nine acute-care hospitals and two children’s hospitals, according to officials. Meridian is also in the process of adding Raritan Bay Medical Center, a two-campus hospital system with locations in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge, N.J.