Additional Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plans have reached settlements in the class action lawsuit brought by 90,000 physicians. Physicians who treated a BCBS patient are encourage to file their between May 22, 1999, and May 31, 2007 are encouraged to collect their share of the $10 million Highmark Settlement Fund. Claim forms are due by February 27, 2008.
The plans are cover patients in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and parts of Ohio and are in addition to 22 Blue BCBS plans that reached settlements earlier in the class action lawsuit brought by 90,000 physicians.
The plans include:
The settlement partners have agreed to distribute approximately $10 million among eligible physicians who file a claim form by the February deadline.
Physicians might still be eligible even if they have not treated an enrollee of one of these specific plans—if they treated one or more enrollees of any BCBS plan that is a primary licensee (including an enrollee through a BCBS plan outside of your state or region).
Physicians who think they may be eligible and have not yet received a notice in the mail, can download the original notice, claim form, and instructions that were mailed to physicians on November 29, 2007.
The completed claim form should be postmarked no later than Feb. 27 and sent to:
P.O. Box 3775,
Portland, OR 97208-3775.
Download the American Medical Association flier, "7 easy steps to maximizing your recovery from the $10 million Highmark settlement fund." Also, access an interactive settlement map that shows which BCBS plans and subsidiaries in your state have or have not come to a settlement.