Blue Cross Sued Over 'Bait And Switch' Deductible Hikes

Law360, New York (November 15, 2011, 4:26 PM EST) -- Anthem Blue Cross was hit with a class action Monday by policyholders accusing the California health insurer of using “bait and switch” strategies to unilaterally change plan contract terms by increasing annual deductibles and premiums in the middle of the deductible year.

In their complaint filed in California state court, the plaintiffs, represented by California nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, alleged that Blue Cross’ strategies involved roping policyholders into plans and then increasing deductibles and premiums by roughly 20 percent, in addition to hiking up other annual out-of-pocket...
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