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Justices to decide case questioning health care costs charged to uninsured patients

May 7, 2012

Indiana’s high court will hear arguments Thursday in Allen v. Clarian Health Partners, Inc., 955 N.E.2d 804 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011), vacated.
 
Uninsured medical patients brought a putative class action for breach of contract against Clarian, now Indiana University Health, alleging that the rates billed by Clarian to its uninsured patients are unreasonable and unenforceable. The trial court granted Clarian’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded, holding among other things that Indiana law implies a reasonable charge for services under these circumstances and that the reasonable value of the services rendered to the plaintiffs in this case requires determination by a fact-finder.  

 

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