Thursday, October 08, 2009

Livingston County Takes on Blue Cross

From the Argus.

Livingston County has hired an attorney firm to take legal action and recoup an estimated $500,000 to $1 million in alleged overcharges from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

County Commissioner Dave Domas said the county board recently voted to take the step after it was unable to resolve the improper fee charges with its health insurance provider.

"The county had some discussions (with Blue Cross), and those discussions were fruitless," he said.

Domas said he's confident the county will prevail in getting a refund for the charges. If the county is successful, he said the insurer will likely provide credit for future services instead of actually paying back the money.

"It belongs to the people of Livingston County, and it's going to come back where it belongs," Domas said.

He said other counties have encountered a similar issue with Blue Cross, taken legal action and been "successful in getting a refund from Blue Cross for these overcharges."

The county has hired the Troy-based law firm of Giarmarco, Mullins and Collins to handle the issue. Under the agreement, the law firm will receive 25 percent of the amount recovered and will be reimbursed up to $60,000 for legal fees.

Why is this posted here? Because we have an attorney general's race in 2010. The democrat running is Gretchen Whitmer, a state senator from East Lansing. She's the daughter of former Blue Cross CEO Dick Whitmer. Whitmer is an heir of Blue Cross and owes much of her financial situation to them. Is she going to be tough on Blue Cross? I doubt it.

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