Nearly $8M to be returned to customers after insurance company, state settle lawsuit

Nearly $8M to be returned to customers after insurance company, state settle lawsuit

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WOODLAND HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 9: The Anthem Blue Cross headquarters is seen after the health insurer began informing its individual policyholders of rate hikes up to 39 percent to take effect at the beginning of March, on February 9, 2010 in Woodland Hills, California. Anthem Blue Cross, which has the highest number of individual customers in California, raised rates by as much as 68 percent in 2009. Health insurance companies in California can legally raise their rates at any time by as much and as they want. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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by Associated press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 3 at 11:12 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An insurance company has agreed to return nearly $8 million to St. Louis area consumers as part of a settlement over allegations that the insurer didn’t tell customers about a cheaper, identical plan.

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Missouri is returning a total of $7.8 million to about 5,500 consumers in the St. Louis area as part of the agreement reached with the Missouri Department of Insurance.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Anthem denies wrongdoing and any failure to provide information, but says it agreed to the settlement to avoid litigation costs.

Anthem spokeswoman Deb Wiethop says the average check per consumer for premiums previously paid into the more expensive plan will be slightly more than $1,000.

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