Blue Cross Escapes Class Action Over Hefty Premiums

Law360, Los Angeles (December 14, 2011, 9:14 PM EST) -- A California judge on Wednesday dismissed a putative class action claiming Blue Cross of California Inc. overcharged customers for premiums on individual Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act policies, finding state law doesn’t require the insurer to peg its rates to state agency figures.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Shepard Wiley Jr. adopted his written tentative decision granting Blue Cross’ motion for summary judgment at the close of Wednesday’s hearing, rejecting plaintiff Richard Feder’s argument that HIPAA premium caps in California had to be pegged...
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