BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman has filed a federal anti-trust lawsuit against Blue Cross of Idaho, and the case is being consolidated with several others nationwide in the Northern District of Alabama, in Multi-District Litigation Number 2406.
Melissa Allen contends that Blue Cross of Idaho, the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and 37 other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans violated federal anti-trust laws by carving up the country into exclusive territories.
Karen Early, the spokeswoman for Blue Cross of Idaho, said the company will vigorously defend itself against the claims.
“The allegations in the Allen complaint are inaccurate and unfounded and they do not reflect the way Blue Cross of Idaho does business,” Early said Wednesday.
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The Ada County resident is asking for her lawsuit to be given class-action status on behalf of Idaho residents who have paid health insurance premiums to Blue Cross of Idaho for individual or small group health insurance since 2008 and who still lived in the state in November, when she filed the lawsuit.