Have you gotten an email or a postcard that says something about a Blue Cross Blue Shield class action settlement? Or maybe you’ve seen an ad about it?
If you’ve got questions, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to find out more about the settlement, who it covers, and what you could get if you file a claim.
Is the Settlement Legit?
First off, thesettlement is not a scam.It’s the result of a class action antitrust lawsuit calledIn re: Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation MDL 2406and you can find the court-approved website for ithere.
案件提起的一群个人和companies who purchased or received health insurance from a Blue Cross Blue Shield company and claim that the defendants—Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and a slew of individual Blue plans—agreed not to compete with each other in selling health insurance and administrative services. According to the lawsuit, the defendants’ alleged anticompetitive conduct caused subscribers and enrollees to pay more for insurance or administrative services than they otherwise would have paid.
The defendants have denied any wrongdoing, and the court has not decided who is right. Instead, the parties have decided to settle the matter to avoid the risk and cost of further litigation.
Want news on settlements like this one? Sign up for ClassAction.org’s free weekly newsletterhere.
How Much Can I Get from the Settlement?
Those who submit valid claims are eligible to receive a cash payment from the approximately $1.9 billion net settlement fund. The amount of the payment will depend on, among other factors, the amount of premiums or administrative fees you paid and the number of valid claims that are filed.
Payments will not be sent out until the settlement receivesfinal approvaland any appeals are resolved, so be aware that you won’t get your money until after the fairness hearing onOctober 20, 2021, when a judge will decide whether to put a final stamp of approval on the deal.
The settlement also includes injunctive relief, which means the defendants will be required to change their practices to promote competition in the health insurance market.
Who Is Covered by the Settlement?
The settlement coversindividualsandinsured groups(and their employees)who purchased or were enrolled in a Blue Cross or Blue Shield health insurance or administrative services plan betweenFebruary 7, 2008 and October 16, 2020.
The settlement also coversself-funded accounts (and their employees)who purchased or were enrolled in a Blue Cross or Blue Shield health insurance or administrative services plan betweenSeptember 1, 2015 and October 16, 2020.
Both the insured groups and the self-funded accounts include employers and other groups, such as Taft-Hartley plans, multi-employer welfare arrangements, association health plans, retiree groups and other non-employer groups.
If you’re not sure whether you fall into these groups, you can find more specific details under Question 5 of theclass notice. You can also contact the settlement administrator at info@BCBSsettlement.com or call toll-free at (888) 681-1142.
How Do I File a Claim?
The easiest way to file a claim is to use the online portal on the settlement website, foundhere. You’ll need your unique ID from the email or postcard you received. (If you don’t have a unique ID, you can still file a claim using the same portal.)
You can also download a copy of the claim form, foundhere, and mail it to the below address:
Blue Cross Blue Shield Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91390
Seattle, WA 98111
所有索赔必须提交在线或postma形式rked byNovember 5, 2021.
Where Can I Find More Information?
For more information, check out thesettlement website, particularly theFAQ section.
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can reach out to the settlement administrator at info@BCBSsettlement.com or call toll-free at (888) 681-1142.
If you’re interested in getting class action news and updates, including information about settlements, sent straight to your inbox, sign up for ClassAction.org’s free weekly newsletterhere.