HMO bait and switch

That’s pretty underhanded:

Five nonprofit Southern California hospitals alleged in a lawsuit Monday that Blue Cross routinely authorized surgery and other expensive treatment for its members and later refused to pay.

The suit is the latest development in an unfolding scandal over charges that the state’s largest health plan operates a special department that illegally searches for excuses to dump individual policyholders after they develop costly conditions, such as breast cancer and heart disease.