A settlement has been reached in Hamm v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. BCBSNC has agreed to a $1.9 million settlement amount rather than pay any more court cost. It should be noted that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina denies all wrong doing in the case and has only agreed to settlement terms in order to avoid more money being paid to their lawyers. Class members of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Class Action Settlement include: (a) who were a member of a Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (“BCBSNC”) preferred provider organization (“PPO”) plan – Blue Advantage or Blue Options – any time from November 1, 2002 through December 31, 2008; and (b) the plan was not covered by the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”); and (c) during any benefit period, you reached your benefit period maximum or lifetime maximum under the terms of your PPO contract with BCBSNC; and (d) you were charged by an in-network provider more than the allowed amount for covered services or supplied after reaching your benefit period or lifetime maximum. “www.bcbsncsettlement.com“.
If you wish to exclude yourself from any type of settlement associated with this class action lawsuit please make an Exclusion Request by January 18, 2012. A settlement fairness hearing will be held on 02-08-12 in the North Carolina Business Court, 225 Hillsborough Street, Suite 303, Raleigh, North Carolina at Noon. All exclusion request must be mailed to:
Hamm v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Exclusion
c/o Strategic Claims Services
600 N. Jackson Street, Suite 3
Media, PA 19063
If you wish to receive a payment, you do not need to do anything to remain a Class Member. The class notice can be read here.