Anthem Delays Mail-Order Rx Rule In Face Of Bias Suit

Law360, New York (February 19, 2013, 4:52 PM EST) -- In response to a proposed class action alleging discrimination and privacy violations, California health insurer Anthem Blue Cross has backed away from a requirement that patients with certain chronic diseases obtain drugs through a mail-order pharmacy, a consumer rights group said Tuesday.

Consumer Watchdog, which filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit last month on behalf of an unidentified HIV-positive man, released a letter Anthem sent Friday to policyholders announcing it won’t transition March 1 to a mail-order program for certain specialty medicines.

In the correspondence, Anthem suggested customers...
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