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Blue Shield Sued Over Spinal Surgery
Courthouse News Service

Blue Shield of California refuses to cover artificial cervical disc replacement, calling it “investigational,” though the surgery has been done thousands of times, a patient claims in a federal class action. Cervical discs are the six spinal vertebrae in the neck. Filled with a shock-absorbent gel-like substance, they help stabilize the neck and enable it to turn and bend smoothly.