Lawsuit Alleges Anthem Is Cutting Out-of-Network Health Coverage in ‘Bait and Switch’

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On the first day of Obamacare open enrollment, a consumer group sued Anthem Blue Cross for attempting to automatically renew policies that no longer cover out-of-network costs for hundreds of thousands of Californians.

A lawyer for Consumer Watchdog said Tuesday that Anthem was “railroading existing members into bare-bones plans” without properly disclosing the change to them in recent renewal letters.

On top of the loss of out-of-network coverage, many of the customers also face big premium hikes.

Los Angeles resident Paul Simon, one of the patients involved in the lawsuit, would pay 33% more next year for his policy — $655.72 a month, up from $491.54 this year, according to his renewal letter.

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