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Air Ambulance Challenge to Blue Cross Refund Practice Won’t Fly

May 30, 2018, 5:00 PM

Air Evac EMS Inc. can’t proceed with a lawsuit accusing Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield of violating federal and state laws by limiting insurance refunds for air ambulance emergency services.

Air Evac doesn’t have standing to proceed with a claim of equitable relief under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act that sought, among other things, to clarify and reform certain plan terms, Chief Judge Brian S. Miller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas held May 29. The six assignments of benefits submitted by Air Evac didn’t give the provider a right to sue to seek...

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