Katz v. Anthem Blue Cross
The firm and its co-counsel represent a putative class of severely mentally ill Anthem insureds. In the class action, Katz alleges that Anthem has rigged a system that violates the Mental Health Parity Act. With the implementation of the Anthem’s Behavioral Health Outpatient Authorization Program, if a severely mentally ill member needs more than 12 visits a year of psychotherapy, that member must request and obtain authorization in advance, if the member wants Anthem to provide any payment for these sessions. The member’s request is then reviewed by Anthem’s “Behavioral Health Outpatient Team” and the company’s “Utilization Management” team. Katz also alleges that this review process is designed to limit each member 12 visits per year regardless of the seriousness of their illness. Because Anthem does not impose these restrictions on benefits for subscribers and members with other injuries or illnesses, Anthem’s program violates the state’s Mental Health Parity Act.
Stone v. Blue Cross
Blue Cross rescinded Ms. Stone’s insurance policy after she collapsed and had to be taken to the emergency room by an ambulance. Blue Cross alleged that Ms. Stone had made misrepresentations on her health insurance application. Blue Cross argued that Ms. Stone had failed to fully disclose her pre-existing conditions based on its “post-claims underwriting.” Ms. Stone successfully resolved her claim with Blue Cross.