Michigan Hospitals BCBSM Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has agreed to pay out nearly $30 million to settle a class action alleging that it had “most favored nation” clauses in its contracts with 70 general acute care hospitals in Michigan. According to the complaint, these clauses violated antitrust laws and inflated the price of health care. This case reached a settlement in 2014, but it did not receive final approval. 

Docket Number:


Company: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Filing Deadline: November 3, 2018

Class Period: January 1, 2006 to June 23, 2014

Objection Deadline: September 16, 2018

Exclusion Deadline: September 16, 2018

Final Approval Hearing: November 8, 2018

Proof of Purchase:

Insurers must provide proof of payment. The individual/consumer claim form says that claimants “may” be asked for proof at a later date.


You may be eligible if you are a direct purchasers of healthcare services from a Michigan general acute care hospital between January 1, 2006 and June 23, 2014. Included in the class are (1) individuals who made payments in the form of co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance, and so on, (2) insurers who paid bills for their insureds, and (3) self-insured entities whose health plan participants received care.

A list of general acute care hospitals in Michigan is available at https://www.michiganhospitalpaymentslitigation.com/Content/Documents/Hospital%20List.pdf. If you previously submitted a claim in the earlier settlement, you do not need to submit another one now.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Varies; those with small purchases may be given payments of $15 and/or $25. For those with larger purchases, the maximum payment will be 3.5% of the total purchases. The exact amount of the payments will be determined by which hospital received the payment, how much was paid, and which insurer was involved.

Total Settlement Amount: $29,990,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Up to $50,000 per plaintiff organization and up to $10,000 per plaintiff individual

Law Firms:
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll
Gustafson Gluek
The Miller Law Firm PC
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz

Claim Form: Michigan Hospitals BCBSM Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: The Shane Group, Inc. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Settlement Website: Michigan Hospitals BCBSM Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Epiq Systems

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Shane Group v. BCBSM Settlement
Epiq Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 3240
Portland, OR 97208-3240

Tags: Antitrust, Health Insurance