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Ovella Goodson's cancer is in remission. Her husband, Alfred, has had heart problems. So the retired couple was relieved to hear in August that Secure Horizons was taking over their coverage from the health-maintenance organization that had dropped them and thousands of other Texas City (Tex.) residents. And when Secure Horizons told elderly patients they could keep going to their existing doctors, the couple quickly signed on. Three weeks later, however, the Goodsons allege they found out that they had been reassigned to a doctor 100 miles away, in Beaumont. "They just plain lied to us," says Alfred.

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