A class action antitrust lawsuit was filed by Plaintiffs alleging that Blue Cross Blue Shield and others violated antitrust laws by entering into an agreement not to compete with each other and to limit competition among themselves in selling health insurance and administrative services for health insurance.
On October 16, 2020, a settlement was reached on behalf of individuals and companies that purchased or received health insurance provided or administered by a Blue Cross Blue Shield company. (Plaintiffs) and BCBSA and Settling Individual Blue Plans (Settling Defendants).
Settling Defendants deny all allegations of wrongdoing and assert that their conduct results in lower healthcare costs and greater access to care for their customers. The Court has not decided who is right or wrong. Instead, Plaintiffs and Settling Defendants have agreed to a Settlement to avoid the risk and cost of further litigation.
If approved by the Court, the Settlement will establish a $2.67 billion Settlement Fund. Settling Defendants will also agree to make changes in the way they do business that Plaintiffs believe will increase the opportunities for competition in the market for health insurance.
You may receive a cash payment from this settlement if you purchased of were enrolled in a Blue Cross or Blue Shield health insurance or administrative servicers plan between 2008 and 2020.
You must submit a valid claim online at www.BCBSsettlement.com or mail proof you have a claim postmarked no later than November 5, 2021. Claim forms are available at www.BCBSsettlement.com or by calling 888-681-1142.
You may opt out and not receive any money but can still sue Blue Cross. Directions to do this are in the Long Form Notice at www.BCBSsettlelment.com
If you have questions here are places you may find answers:
BCBS Settlement c/o JND Legal Administration, PO Box 91390, Seattle, WA 98111
We are aware of people who received an email about this suit with a “Unique ID Number” for filing their claim. HOWEVER, THE NAME IN THE EMAIL WAS NOT THEIR NAME. If this happens to you, a Blue Cross rep suggested forwarding the document to the email address above. Don’t try to use it to file your participation in the suit.
This matter is not related to any current government stimulus plan actions.
Agents are not able to intervene.