If you paid any portion of premiums for health insurance from Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Health Net or United HealthCare at any time since January 1, 2011, a class action lawsuit may affect your rights.
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What Is the Lawsuit About?
The class action lawsuit claims Sutter violated antitrust and unfair competition laws, which caused certain individuals and employers in certain parts of Northern California to overpay for health insurance premiums for health insurance purchased from Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Health Net or United HealthCare (together, the “Health Plans”) from January 1, 2011 to the present. Sutter denies that it has done anything wrong or that its conduct caused any increase in the price of premiums that individuals and employers paid for health insurance from those Health Plans. The Court has not yet determined whether Plaintiffs or Sutter are/is correct.
On July 30, 2020, the Court determined that the lawsuit can proceed as a class action and that the class can assert damages claims on behalf of all Class Members for overpayments that they may have made. As a result, you have a choice to make now. Your legal rights and options are explained below.
Who Is Included in the Class?
The Class certified by the Court includes:
“All entities in California Rating area 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 (the “Nine Rating Areas” or “Nine RAs”), and all individuals that either live or work in one of the Nine RAs, that paid premiums for a fully-insured health insurance policy from Blue Shield, Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Health Net or United Healthcare from January 1, 2011 to the present. This class definition includes Class Members that paid premiums for individual health insurance policies that they purchased from these health plans and Class Members that paid premiums, in whole or in part, for health insurance policies provided to them as a benefit from an employer or other group purchaser located in one of the Nine RAs.”
This means you may be a Class Member if you paid any portion of a premium for a fully-insured health insurance policy from any of these five Health Plans at any time from January 1, 2011 to the present, and if, during the period you paid those premiums, you lived or worked (or, if you are an employer, had an office located) in one of the following California counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo or Yuba.
Please note that federal employees are not members of the Class for the period they were employed by the federal government, nor are persons whose in-patient hospital services were paid for by Medicare or Medi-Cal.