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Anthem Spinal Surgery Settlement Gets OK After Hiccup

Feb. 1, 2019, 4:56 PM

Anthem Inc. won approval for a class action settlement with about 200 people over denied coverage for spinal surgery after the parties changed how they planned to notify classmembers.

The settlement, which is valued as high as $35,000 per person, hit a roadblock last month when Judge André Birotte Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California said a single, first-class letter wasn’t a sufficient way to tell people about the deal.

Birotte signed off on the deal Jan. 30 after the parties agreed to a new notification plan. Class members will receive notice in a...

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