By: James Salzer
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Suit alleges: Blue Cross overcharges customers, underpays doctors | www.myajc.com
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has overcharged customers for health insurance while at the same time cutting payments to doctors outside of their coverage “network,” according to a lawsuit filed this week that seeks class-action status.
Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine filed the lawsuit on behalf of 11 surgical centers, their patients and a claims filing service. It argues that the state’s largest health insurer cut payments to doctors but continued charging consumers a premium rate as if they were still making the higher provider payments.
Oxendine, who said hundreds of millions of dollars may be at stake, has also asked his successor to investigate.