Please accept this message as confirmation that employees may have, or may soon, receive an email or postcard notice regarding a settlement of class action lawsuit involving the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its individual Blue Cross Blue Shield member plans.  This settlement may provide recovery rights to members of our health plan who were covered during the defined settlement period.

Based on the federal court order regarding the settlement, Blue Cross Blue Shield is required to notify all potential claimants of the settlement and how they can file a claim.  It is important to note that these are not spam, but legitimate notices that each recipient should review and act upon as they deem appropriate.

The Honorable R. David Proctor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama has granted preliminary approval of a class action Settlement involving the business practices of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), an affiliation of 35 separate U.S. health insurance companies. Plaintiffs claim that the BCBSA violated antitrust laws by entering into an agreement not to compete with each other and to limit competition among themselves in selling health insurance and administrative services for health insurance.  Settling Defendants deny all claims and assert that their conduct resulted in lower healthcare costs and greater access to care for their customers.  The Court has not decided who is right, and the BCBSA did not admit wrongdoing.  Both sides agreed to a settlement to end the lawsuit.

Lafayette College participants of the group medical plan during the period of February 2008 – October 2020 may be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement in re: Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation MDL 2406, N.D. Ala. Master File No. 2:13-cv-20000-RDP.

Please visit www.BCBSsettlement.com for more information.  Eligible “Class Members” who submit valid claims may receive a cash payment from the Net Settlement Fund.  For more details on the Plan of Distribution, read the Long Form Notice available at www.BCBSsettlement.com.  You can also call 1.888.681.1142.

How much money are we talking about?

While the settlement amount, net of legal and administrative expenses, is expected to be approximately $1.9 Billion, it is difficult to tell how much each claimant will receive.  Individual payment amounts will depend on several factors including the number of claims that are filed, the premiums paid to the group health plan(s) included in the settlement, and the type of funding for the plan in which you were enrolled (Lafayette’s medical benefits plans are “fully-insured”).  No payment will be made if the total claim is $5 or less.

To file a claim, you must file a claim form online or by mail postmarked by November 5, 2021.

If you received an email from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Claims Administrator, you can use the information in the email to file a claim.

  • You will need the unique id provided in the email.
  • The email also contains a link to file a claim, as well as links to detailed information about the settlement.  If you did not receive an email, you can opt into the lawsuit via the link on the settlement website, bcbssettlement.com.

The claim form will ask for the following information:

Name of health plan: Capital BlueCross Plan Years: 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 & 2020; Highmark Blue Shield Plan Years: 2010, 2015, 2018, 2019

  • Name and address of employer or group providing the insurance:  Lafayette College 730 High Street Easton, PA 18042
  • Subscriber ID:  Your BCBS member number. If you are unable to locate your member card, contact Capital BlueCross by logging on to www.capbluecross.com or Call 1-800-962-2242; Highmark Blue Shield:  log on to www.highmarkblueshield.com or Call 1-800-345-3806
  • Coverage Start Date: 02/2008 or later month when you first became covered under the BCBS medical plan·
  • Coverage End Date: 10/2020 or earlier (10/16/2020 is the end of the “settlement class period”)

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