Blue Cross Blue Shield Settlement
- May 11th, 2021
- in Benefits News
In October 2020, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association reached a $2.67 billion settlement in a class-action antitrust lawsuit. If you were covered by any Blue Cross self-funded plan, including the University’s self-funded health plan, between Sept. 1, 2015 through Oct. 16, 2020 you may be eligible for a settlement payment. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the Blue Cross Blue Shield settlement website.
Both individual employees and UA’s self-funded health plan are considered part of the settlement class and are eligible to file a claim. Spouses and dependents, beneficiaries and non-employees are not part of the settlement class and not eligible to receive payment.
You must submit a valid claim online at www.BCBSsettlement.com or postmarked by mail no later than Nov. 5, 2021. Claim forms and additional information is available at www.BCBSsettlement.com or may be requested by calling (888) 681-1142.
Frequently Asked Question Highlights:
Q1. Will UA file on behalf of eligible employees? No, employees must file a claim on their own to be eligible for payment. The University is eligible to file separately as a self-funded health plan.
Q2. Do individual employees have to file a claim? No, filing a claim is voluntary, however, individual employees will be excluded from receiving any settlement payment unless a claim is filed by the deadline.
Q3. When is the deadline to file? Nov. 5, 2021
Q4. Do I need to collect and submit premium/administrative fee data to submit a claim? No, but you have the option to do so. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has produced premium and administrative fee data as maintained in the normal course of business, and the Claims Administrator will use that data to calculate claim payments.
Q5. Are spouses and dependents eligible to receive payment? No, they are not included in the settlement class and not eligible to receive payment.
Q6. The claim form asks for Group No. and Subscriber or Member ID. What are those? These fields are not required to submit a claim, but you have the option to include this information. Your Subscriber or Member ID is your Social Security Number and your Contract Number can be found on your Blue Cross Blue Shield ID card for the applicable coverage period. If you were enrolled on the UA self-funded health plan on or after Sept. 1, 2015, then the following Group No. may apply to your claim:
- If enrolled from Sept. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017, your Group No. was 79912
- If enrolled between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018, your Group No. was 74150
- If enrolled after Jan. 1, 2019, your Group No. is 74150 (PPO) or 97368 (HDHP)
Q7. Do I need my subscriber or group ID to fill out the claim form? No, you do not need your subscriber or group ID to file a claim, and you should not reach out to your BCBS plan for that information. If you do not have that information, leave it blank and your claim will still be processed.