CA consumers sue Blue Shield over Obamacare plans that limit doctors, hospitals

CA consumers sue Blue Shield over Obamacare plans that limit doctors, hospitals

Consumers who purchased new health plans from Blue Shield of California have sued the insurer, claiming they were misled into thinking the insurance would cover their desired doctors and hospitals.

In their complaint filed in California state court on Wednesday, San Francisco residents John Harrington and Alex Talon accused Blue Shield of misrepresenting that their plans, sold on California’s health exchange, would cover the full provider network advertised on the company’s website.

They sued on behalf of a class of people who had purchased so-called “preferred provider organization” plans from the insurer only to realize that the doctor and hospital networks for their plans were limited.

Blue Shield of California spokesman Sean Barry said in an emailed statement that the company was reviewing the complaint.

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