LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accused the health insurer of manipulating policies and forcing California patients into higher deductible policies with fewer benefits.

The case was brought by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog and several law firms in 2010 after the state's largest for-profit insurer closed policies for about 122,000 policyholders in 2009.

"It is important to note that this settlement admits no wrongdoing on behalf of Anthem," it said in a statement.

Policyholders who have stayed in PPO Share 500, PPO Share 1000, PPO Share 1500 or PPO Share 2500 plans are entitled to switch to new health plans regardless of their health history and have their rates capped in the future, according to Anthem.

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