GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN -- My employer assigned my family to blue cross/blue shield recently after being with another provider for 15 years. We had dropped blue cross/blue shield 15 years ago because of extreme incompetence in their billing and customer service. I had suffered a back injury that required a lot of procedures and rehab 15 years ago. Blue cross/blue shield couldn't process the bills that my approved doctors submitted and failed to enter the right billing codes, etc..., then proceeded to send the bills directly for me. Then came the late notices.
Meanwhile, myself and the doctors worked to get it straightened out and the next thing that came in the mail were notices from Blue Cross/blue shield indicating the bills would be forwarded to a collection agency. That did it for me. The stress of dealing with this POS company was a negative factor in my healing process. It took about a year to straighten things out with these idiots, the whole time it took for my back to heal. I think I would have healed faster if it wasn't for BCBS. Now, though no choice of my own, we are assigned again by my employer to this so-called health care provider.
Earlier today I went to their website to register my new health card and set up an online account. Their site would not allow me to complete the registration so I called their toll free number. That's when the flashbacks of 15 years ago began. After going through their pathetically long menu, waiting and waiting and waiting, I talked to somebody for a few minutes, mostly answering inept questions and waiting, to find out she couldn't do anything. So she sends me off to somebody else. Same thing. After the 4th person, I finally got registered. The main problem was their system had a totally different Id # than what is on my Id card. Figure that out.
I then had a few questions about my coverage. She couldn't find the answers and transferred me to someone else. Same thing, so she gave me a phone number to call. I called it and after talking to 2 more people I was transferred back to the same people who gave me the phone #. The next person couldn't help me and suggested the phone # I had already been given and tried. I told her that phone number was not helpful. She then transferred me to somebody else. Same problem.
I hung up, called customer service again and was finally talking to somebody, after much difficulty, who dug in a little deeper and found the simple answers I needed about the copay required for x-rays and MRI's, lab work, and surgical procedures. Nothing difficult. After all, they are a "healthcare" company, aren't they? Hardly. They're no more than a profiteering company with the word healthcare in their name. They are an incompetent organization that should be involved in something else than healthcare.
NATION WIDE -- I am currently employed Department of Justice and 65 years old. My health Insurer is Blue Cross Blue Shield. BCBS wants me to fill a form stating that they are the only insurer and I do not have Medicare part A or B. To speed up the process, I asked if I can fill the form online or, they can send me the form and I can fill it and fax it to them. None of the request is available.
Now my question to all people over 65, I am paying the premium the same as the rest of the employees in my office. Why do I have to do this, is it because I am 65? BCBS said that's why. I think this is age discrimination. Any employee younger then 65 don't have to fill any form.
We all pay the same premium. So why is BCBS trying to prove, saving money, or trying to create miserable time for senior. If BCBS is trying to save money for not be listed as the first insurer, I understand it. But the burden should fall on them, but not the policy holder. I would love to talk to any lawyer who is willing to file a law suit against BCBS, and I think there will be many other seniors like me.
NEW MEXICO -- Customer Service at BCBS of NM is nothing but a wall of obstruction to keep customers from being serviced. After numerous calls, hours on the phone, and 6 weeks of having to repeat my story over and over, each time to a different person, when the call center representative (that's all they are) says to me, "I *am* trying to help you," or "You can believe me," I now challenge them with, "I will believe you on one condition: Give me a direct number so I can call you back and continue to work with you directly." Of course, they can't. It's a call center.
They're all working off a huge switchboard. No one has a "phone" -- they're outfitted with headsets & have no control over what calls go where. As soon as they get off the phone with you, another caller is passed along to them on their headsets. There is no follow-up. There is no real concern with helping customers. Needless to say, I am still waiting for my issue to be resolved, and in the meantime I am being denied health insurance coverage I was paying for, up until this month when BCBS took it upon themselves to *return my money and cancel my coverage.*
Every time I call they have a different reason for the screw-up. They are good at rationalization, but as bad as can be on resolution. You, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico customer, are at their mercy, and they have NONE.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I was admitted into the hospital. When I came out and go to get medicine I am told I don't have any medical coverage. When I call BCBS they said my policy was terminated and date given was right before the hospital stay. Why was it cancelled? "Oh probably some error". Will you reactivate? "Yes".
A week later go to pick up medicine, no coverage, call the state office, "You don't have any coverage and we are not taking any payments from you. You have not had any coverage with BCBS since last year." At that point I realized what type of ignorance I was dealing with so I called my human resource dept to let them handle it which they did. But one woman tried to help me so if you have to speak to someone at BCBS ask for Josie, she was the best. But even she couldn't deal with BCBS State office. They don't care what they tell you. I cancelled my insurance and moved on. Won't deal with them anymore.
OKLAHOMA -- Bought the Highest Medical and Dental plan offered on Healthcare.gov and paid $400 (I'm unemployed). First there was nothing to say that you would be paper billed after giving all of your info and it seeming like your payment would just be taken. Got a letter stating the bill was never paid (mentioning both plans), frustrated... I called and was willing to give them my bank statement to show I had paid. Never mentioned that they were only missing the $22 dental portion the whole conversation. They said "yes", they received it.
Next month, made a payment, it was $44 more. Asked why, they said it was dental and that we never paid... Ok, paid the 2 months after complaining we had called, why did they not tell us. Bill from dental cleaning comes back unpaid and Dental cancelled for non-payment. Nothing they could do, we did not pay for 30 days. Nothing you could do????? You could have told me the first call I made about the lousy $22... Really???? Seems like an all out scam.
Now I am going to pay out of pocket for an exam that should have been free... and an amount, that after paying a total of over $800, unemployed, is impossible. Not only that, but they cannot re-instate me and I have to wait until Nov. 1st to re-apply for benefits. This is not OBAMA people, this is INSURANCE companies. Don't think they are not finding ways to be more profitable. I am sure you will have to fight tooth and nail for every claim with these guys. There are places here in OK that will take Blue Cross Blue Shield, but not from OK. Blue Cross should shut down this section of business.
ALLEN, TEXAS -- I lost my job and my insurance ends in 3 business days. I was having a difficult time find doctors that were available and accepted my plan so I called Blue Cross to get a list of doctors to call. The lady assisting me went above and beyond! She placed me on hold and called doctors for me and gave me a list of the ones that could see me before my insurance ended! I wasn't expecting that and I wish I had her name because Blue Cross is lucky to have an employee like her representing them!
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -- Beware of Blue Cross & Shield hidden charges high deductible, so outrageous. It's ridiculous just go to see $100, out of pocket. Then Blue Cross will say "that's not in the coverage plan. You will have to pay extra." What is in Blue Cross plan - to take your money, don't pay the medical coverage, leave you with big expenses that will take you forever to pay the medcial expenses off. Some insurance Blue Cross is leaving you with medical expenses so Blue Cross can save money. All Blue Cross is is a bunch of money hungry vultures who will clean out your savings.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -- I went to the doctors 3 times. I paid my $40 co-pay 3 times in a row. I get one bill for $158. Another bill for $105, $263 that blue cross did not pay, which blue cross did bother to tell me that this was not covered. Blue cross is only paying 20% of your medical bills. Then blue cross raise my insurance of me 2 times in a row. Blue cross CEOs salaries alone $200000 a year. Blue cross will not tell you about deductible and the co-pay just go to the doctors' offices.
If your doctor's bill is $300, Blue cross will only pay $50. Then you got to pay $250 out of your own pocket. Why? Blue cross only pays a little bit of money, then you got to pay the rest out of pocket. Blue cross is nothing but a bunch of money hungry vultures draw your life savings.
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN -- Basically my family is pretty healthy and we've always seen naturopathic doctors or treated things ourselves. Which means that we take responsibility for our own health and wellness and take care of ourselves. But then Obamacare came on the scene and we decided to go with health insurance. So because insurance doesn't cover our usual naturopathic doctor, we had to get new doctors and we picked the best ones we could find in our area covered by our insurance. And I suppose for the industry they are doing a good job and being thorough. But every time I interact with drug industry-trained doctors I am frustrated by their limitations.
They don't seem to understand health or eating right, or herbal supplements or anything that I regularly turn to for good health. What's more, if I pick up any drugs they suggest and read their labels, I cannot bring myself to take them because the possibility of negative side effects (worse than anything I am suffering) are huge. Basically with how expensive insurance still is and how little use I have for it (insurance doesn't cover useful things like nutrition supplements) and how much I still have to pay before the deductible gets paid off - it just doesn't make any sense financially.
If anything catastrophic happened the hospitals in our area let us get on a payment plan with 0% interest. Insurance might be useful if they covered the naturopathic doctor and the nutritional supplements recommended by the ND. A single payer instead of regular insurance would be even better (like the Green Party suggests - the same plan as our good senators and their families get). I have had so many bad reactions to pharmaceutical drugs that I don't dare take them, and herbal supplements work so well for me, that it just doesn't make any sense at all to have insurance or see a regular doctor.
SAN ANTONIO, GEORGIA -- I applied on marketplace in Dec of 2013 for Insurance from 2 separate companies, one for medical and BCBS for dental. Within weeks I received information from my medical insurance, which I paid for. I never received anything from BCBS. I assumed that because I never received anything that they didn't get my application or I would get info in April because the deadline was set back.
I finally received information from them (a welcome packet, bill, and my BCBS dental card) in April. I paid my premium in May. After paying my premium I received a bill for $216.XX. I called BCBS to find out why I was being billed that amount. I was told that it was everything I owed them from Jan until present for coverage. I explained the situation only to have them tell me that they couldn't change the date on my insurance and I told them I wanted to cancel. Then I got a notice that said that my insurance had been canceled Feb 1, 2014.
I called to request a refund for the amount that I paid. The insurance was cancelled before I had ever paid it and the whole thing is a mistake with their system. I was told by a CSR that I should have never been allowed to pay for the insurance and that I should expect a refund check in 7-10 business days. That was July 21st. The lady gave me a reference number, her name, and her employee ID number.
Today Sept 3rd, 2014 I called to find out where my refund was. I was told that the CSR should have never told me that I would be getting a refund and that the money I paid in May went to my Jan 2014 bill and that's why I got a letter saying I was canceled in Feb for nonpayment, which does not make any sense whatsoever. After spending at least 4 hrs. on the phone over a course of 3 months, I am being told I am not getting a refund and that I could appeal it if I wanted. So I paid for insurance I never had and BCBS is trying to keep my money and somehow pinning their system errors on me. BCBS is a NIGHTMARE!