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DOJ Files Antitrust Suit Against BCBS Michigan



A civil antitrust lawsuit brought against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by the Department of Justice alleges that the insurer's most favored nation pacts with hospitals across the state raise prices, stifle competition from other insurers, and discourage discounts.



2 comments on "DOJ Files Antitrust Suit Against BCBS Michigan"
Todd (10/21/2010 at 12:20 PM)

I find it absolutely absurd that the Federal Government can justify a lawsuit like this when Medicare and Medicaid reimburse hospitals significantly below even the COST OF CARE! Talk about an MFN! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
mjh (10/19/2010 at 9:30 AM)

As a Michigander who has been round and round with BCBSM, the Michigan Office of Insurance and Regulation as well as my small business employer and some of our state reps, I say it's about time and thank you! However, what bothers me even more, and what is not addressed, is that if I am employed and my work offers insurance (any plan, no matter how expensive it is), I have to get insurance through my employer – even though I could save a lot of money buying it individually. Due to certain arrangements between the State of MI and BCBSM, buying insurance on your own is not possible – they also prevent other providers such as Priority Health from allowing individual policies. So, I cannot get an HSA no matter how hard I try without changing jobs. I also pay many thousands of dollars more per year for insurance that I don't use, and I have to pick my doctor from a list. I hate this system. You want competitive pricing? Make people shop for their own insurance and allow the insurance companies to actually compete.