$267 Million Settlement for Uninsured Patients
In Quinn v. BJC, Gray Ritter Graham litigated a class action that led to a landmark settlement for uninsured patients of the largest healthcare system in Missouri. The settlement stopped that system’s practice of charging uninsured patient double, triple or more than it charged insured patients for the same identical procedure or service and also required BJC to forgive inflated previous charges to uninsured patients. At least 385,000 people were directly benefitted by the settlement. Bill forgiveness alone was estimated total more than $167 million, and bills sent to uninsured patients after the settlement were estimated to be reduced by over $100 million. The settlement served a model to other healthcare systems striving to treat their uninsured patients fairly.