alabama

Lawsuit Alleging Blue Cross Conspiracy to Illegally Eliminate Competition Should Continue, Court Filings State

January 17, 2014

Mike Oliver

(AL.com) – BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Lawyers suing Blue Cross and Blue Shield for conspiring in Alabama and across the country to illegally stifle competition forcefully argued in briefs filed this week that the case should not be dismissed.

“This case is simple,” begins one of filings opposing Blue Cross’ motion to dismiss the suit.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is Part of Conspiracy to Keep Out Competition, Lawsuit Alleges

December 22, 2013

Mike Oliver

(AL.com) – A federal lawsuit winding its way through federal court in Birmingham accuses Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and about three dozen other Blue Cross plans of conspiring with each other, agreeing not to compete and dividing territory to limit competition.

The class action lawsuit, which alleges violation of federal antitrust laws through a “complete lack of meaningful competition,” helps explain the relationship between BCBS of Alabama and the broader Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Local businesses such as BCBS of Alabama, although independently run, are linked by the Chicago-based, nationally run BCBSA with a board of directors.

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Behind Alabama’s Big Blue: The Health Insurance Giant with the Power to Tell Obama ‘No’

December 22, 2013

Alex Walsh

(AL.com) – If you’re going to talk about health care in Alabama, there’s one company that has to be part of the conversation.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is one of the largest businesses in the state with $4 billion in revenue, the insurer with the largest market share in a single state by far, according to the American Medical Association.

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