Class action lawsuit filed against Carolinas HealthCare


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolinas HealthCare System faces a class action lawsuit filed by a Mecklenburg County resident, just three months after the State of North Carolina and the federal government sued the Charlotte-based hospital.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/2czvETp) the lawsuit filed by Christopher DiCesare accuses the hospital of illegal and anti-competitive actions.

The lawsuit does not explain how Dicesare was injured. He is a customer of Cigna HealthCare. That’s one of four companies that provide 85 percent of the commercial insurance in the Charlotte area.

In a June lawsuit, the U.S. Justice Department and the state attorney general said Carolinas HealthCare has driven up health care costs through illegal efforts to prevent competition.

Carolinas HealthCare has denied the allegations and asked the federal court to dismiss the complaint.

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