Welcome to the informational website for the Feller v. Anthem Blue Cross of California Settlement. Please read the information below carefully as it may affect your rights.
Anthem Blue Cross has initiated the final special Open Enrollment to Feller-Freed class members pursuant to the terms of the Settlement and beginning December 12, 2012, will be mailing a detailed communication to members regarding this special Open Enrollment. The special Open Enrollment period will vary depending on the effective date of your rate action and will be reflected in your letter. So please review your letter carefully so you do not miss any deadlines. You can also check the Important Dates section for more information.
CASE BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
On March 1, 2010, two consumers filed a lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross. They allege that in September 2009 Anthem Blue Cross closed certain individual Anthem Blue Cross health plans without providing consumers the options or notices required by California law. These four health plans - specifically, the PPO Share 500, PPO Share 1000, PPO Share 1500 and PPO share 2500 plans- referred to as the "Closed Block Plans."
Under the terms of the settlement, settlement class members will be given the opportunity to switch to a new health plan, regardless of their health condition or health history. In addition, those settlement class members who are sill enrolled in the Closed Block Plans will be provided an additional benefit in the form of a rate cap limiting the amount of future rate increases.
Anthem Blue Cross denies engaging in any conduct involving the Closed Block Plans that violated California law, but without admitting any liability agreed to settle this case to avoid further expense, and the burdens and risks of such litigation.
The following people - known as "Settlement Class Members" are entitled to benefit from this settlement: all current California residents who were enrolled in either the PPO Share 500, PPO Share 1000, PPO Share 1500, or PPO Share 2500 individual Anthem Blue Cross Plans and were sent notices in or about September 2009 informing them that Anthem Blue Cross would close the plan. To participate in the settlement, these consumers must have continued to maintain their health insurance coverage through Anthem Blue Cross as of May 25, 2011, whether in a Closed Block Plan or in another individual health plan offered by Anthem Blue Cross.
The Settlement was approved on August 26, 2011. The deadline to opt out or object to the Settlement has passed.
The benefits of the Settlement are described in the Notice.
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