The Federal Trade Commission has stepped in on the proposed merger between Penn Sate Milton S. Hershey and Harrisburg-based Pinnacle Health, notifying the health systems that intends to oppose the deal.

According to the FTC, the merged entity would control 64 percent of the hospital market in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and Lebanon counties.

“We firmly believe that the integration of PinnacleHealth and Penn State Hershey serves the best interests of patients and the entire central Pennsylvania community,” PinnacleHealth said in a statement, “The joining of our two health systems is completely consistent with the goals of the Affordable Care Act. It creates the depth of services and scale that is required to manage the health of distinct populations of patients and better positions us to provide the most appropriate care, in the most appropriate setting at the lowest possible cost.”

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is against the merger as well and will join a complaint for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction filed by the FTC.

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