Complaints filed against insurance carriers for failing to provide ACA-mandated coverage for lactation services

Chimicles & Tikellis LLP has filed four landmark class action lawsuits against insurance carriers for failing to provide, cover, and administer Comprehensive Lactation Benefits to all eligible plan participants and beneficiaries as a no-cost preventive service in accordance with the ACA.

Ferrer et al. v. CareFirst, Inc. et al.

The first complaint was filed on October 28, 2016, in federal court in Washington, DC against CareFirst, Inc. (“CFI”), Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc., d/b/a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (“GHMS”), CareFirst of Maryland, Inc., d/b/a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (“CFM”), CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (“CareFirst BCBS”), and, CareFirst BlueChoice, Inc. (“CFBC”) (collectively referred to as “CareFirst” or “Defendants”).

Briscoe et al. v. Health Care Services Corporation et al.

The second complaint was filed on November 2, 2016, in the Northern District of Illinois against Health Care Service Corporation (“HCSC”) and its operating division Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (“BCBSIL”) (collectively referred to as “HCSC” or “Defendants”).

York et al. v. Wellmark, Inc. d/b/a Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa

The third complaint was filed on December 6, 2016, in the Southern District of Iowa against Wellmark, Inc. d/b/a Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc. (collectively referred to as “Wellmark” or “Defendants”).

Condry et al. v. UnitedHealth Group Inc. et al.

The fourth complaint was filed on January 13, 2017, in the Norther District of California against UnitedHealth Group Inc. (“UnitedHealth Group”); UnitedHealthcare, Inc. (“UHC”); UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company (“UHC Insurance”); and, United Healthcare Services, Inc. (“UHC Services”) (collectively referred to as “UnitedHealth” or “Defendants”).