HEALTH PLANS: Blue Cross Settling Patients’ Lawsuits

Lisa Girion in the LA Times has had no small part in the story she reports today. Wellpoint’s Blue Cross unit is settling the patients’ lawsuits against its rather nasty habit of widespread retroactive cancellations. The settlement cannot have been that cheap, given that they had to pay all the bills, pony up cash and pay of their and the plaintiff’s lawyers. Still better than going before a jury, and better than having the state really throw the book at them. And they seem to be the only one that the plaintiff’s lawyers are getting anywhere with:

“All the other insurance carriers are in denial,” Shernoff said. “Blue Cross at least is not in denial anymore. They are in rehab now.”

On the other hand the statewide hospital lawsuit is still ongoing, and there are probably more fines to come from the Dept of Managed Health Care.

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Sal D’Anna, Spring Valley, CA My battle with cancer, an insurer that canceled my coverage because I got sick, and tens of thousands of dollars of debt started out as a compassionate joke. My father was having health problems that his doctor didn’t understand, so I suggested that he go get a full body scan, something my mother had done a few years ago. Sometimes it finds hidden things. Last Christmas, he said, OK, “I’ll do it if you do it.” He was more than a little nervous so I decided to humor him. I called the clinic where my… Read more »