A wave of companies has sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michiganfor allegedly charging unauthorized fees to their healthplans.

An HRDive report says that the employers allege that BCBSis attempting to boost revenues without upsetting consumers byskimming employers. The list of plaintiffs, the report adds,includes colleges, hospitals and companies in the auto and plasticindustries.

HRDive cites a Legal Reader report pointing out that BlueCross’s “alleged unsavory business practices” reach back as far asthe 1980s, when the company imposed surcharges on customers whothen left. As a result, Blue Cross was reported to have replacedthe fees with hidden markups that were no longer visible to thecustomers — and what they couldn’t see, they couldn’t objectto.

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