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Blue Cross refunds on the way

Posted November 30, 2010
Updated December 22, 2010

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— Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina mailed the first round of refunds Monday to more than 215,000 policyholders because of the national health reform effort.

Brad Wilson, chief executive of Blue Cross, the state's largest insurer, said the refunds would be issued by the end of the year to people who had individual Blue Advantage or Blue Options HSA policies on March 23, the date when President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 into law.

Refunds will be equivalent to a little less than two months of premiums, meaning the average policyholder who pays a $380 monthly premium would receive about $690 back, he said.

Refunds will be distributed in four batches, with all checks mailed by the end of next week, Wilson said.

Blue Cross has information about the refunds available online, or customers can call the refund information line at 877-784-2375.

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  • spidermunkee Dec 1, 2010

    I called the number only to find out that the only people getting the refund are those who paid insurance out of pocket. If you have BCBS through your employer you get NOTHING! I guess they don't think they charge companies too much!

  • spidermunkee Dec 1, 2010

    Having BCBS myself, I was kind of glad to hear about the refund. I thought "now I can pay my gas and electric so my little boy can stay warm. WRONG!!!

  • ratherbnwpb Dec 1, 2010

    Oh my! Darn the health care reform! It will take our entire pay checks! The sky is falling! Please Rush / Beck tell us what to think about these refunds because it seems like a good thing but I am sure it is a socialist conspiracy...
    WooHoo2You

    Nooooo! Stay away from the Kool Aid!! You may turn into a Republican!! Danger Danger Will Robinson!!!

  • davidgnews Dec 1, 2010

    It's about time. They were sitting on that pile of money long enough to scrape more interest off the top before sending it out. That's ok, they're making it up in spades with the new rate hikes.

  • WooHoo2You Dec 1, 2010

    Oh my! Darn the health care reform! It will take our entire pay checks! The sky is falling! Please Rush / Beck tell us what to think about these refunds because it seems like a good thing but I am sure it is a socialist conspiracy...