Health Insurers Urged to Extend Policies Beyond Year-End

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In another, a health plan was upgraded to include more robust coverage. “This was an orchestrated effort by Anthem Blue Cross to get as many people off of these grandfathered plans as possible,” said William Shernoff, a Claremont, Calif., lawyer representing both plaintiffs. A WellPoint spokeswoman declined to comment, citing the pending litigation. Some consumers in California covered by insurers other than Blue Shield hope their carriers give them more time.
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