NJ -- I am a teacher, and the school where I was offered a job was enrolling its new employees in a plan with AETNA in an HRA as of 01/01/2017. I was used to having BCBS, but I was paying $347 a month in addition to a $50 co-pay to see a neurologist or any specialist. This was in addition to paying $15 for my medications monthly, which cost roughly $75 a month altogether. Keeping this plan was no longer a viable option.
I found the form for termination of coverage online. I filled it out, scanned it, and sent it in. I received an email stating the file was "completed and closed", thinking that my coverage had been terminated. I then received a bill in the mail asking for two premium payments in the amount of $347 each, which is what I'd been paying for all of 2016. One for January and one for February. I decided to call these people and settle this.
After being hung up on, told I was wrong, and should have "followed directions" (the only directions stated I had to either fax or e-mail the form to them, which they denied having) I was told to "call the Marketplace and terminate your coverage." I had the sent email AND form directly in front of me.
I called the Marketplace and dealing with them was much easier than dealing with these fools. You can barely understand them when you call for any type of assistance. All they know how to say is "I apologize", "Would you like me to transfer you to an escalation specialist?, or "This issue is not for my department. I will transfer you to such and such department." They are not receiving a premium payment for services I did not use in 2017.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I have had so many problems getting refills for my drug that has to be pre-authorized. Even when the drug is pre-authorized I have to call to get it sent. They seem to make excuses every time I ask for a refill not to get it to me on time. I suppose they have to cut costs somehow to enable the CEO to get $60 million a year. I have no option but to use Blue Cross so I can't even do anything about it. Blue Cross blames Express Scripts and vice versa when anything goes wrong.
ARIZONA -- My husband set up our payment as an automatic monthly payment. We got a notice in the mail on the 25th dated 22nd stating we had until the 29th to pay for coverage (27th and 28th were weekend)?!? When I called customer service the recording stated that we were paid up by auto payment and owed no money. I stayed on for the operator and she said we owed that month because a mistake was made on setting up the auto payment. We were set up to fail! We ended up sending the check overnight/certified. Don't trust these guys!!!
NEW JERSEY -- They have the worst customer service. Ask you for all details for 10 minutes and transfer to another department. There, you will repeat the details for 10 minutes and then again transfer. How frustrating. With the changing advanced technologies, these type of services don't help. A smarter system with smart people is needed. Worse.
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.
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.
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!
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.