Stanford Hospital & Clinics has acquired CareCounsel, a major provider of employer-sponsored health advocacy and health care assistance services, the two California-based companies announced recently.

Founded in 1996, CareCounsel currently serves approximately 150,000 workers, retirees and family members with services ranging from coordination of care and assistance with open enrollment to help with insurance claims and Medicare. Its stated goal is to help participants navigate the complex health care environment through an employer-sponsored benefit offering education, advocacy, information access and expert resources.

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