CALIFORNIA -- My wife was in rehab at calif rehab to learn how to walk, talk and think after being hospitalized for over a month. My wife was doing well, but still need close supervision when out of bed. One night she was left unattended and fell (Friday evening) took them almost 6 hours to take x-rays & get results (they say nothing broken.) The days following my wife is in pain, a lot of pain. That Sunday her doctor, ** saw her, she observed that my wife couldn't lift her legs and was in a lot of pain. The doctor said she would order stronger pain meds and some pain patches.
A day later my wife still hadn't received this pain medicine. On top of it they refused to keep ice on her, I had to purchase our own ice pack so my wife could get some relief. The minute we complained that she wasn't getting the treatment she should due the fall the director called facey and had someone there within an hour stating my wife was fit to be released from rehab. When I called this person representing my wife doctor she told me she witnessed my wife get from bed to a wheel chair and that was all that was needed for her rehab to be complete.
We asked for a doctor to look at her, they refused, we requested a 2nd opinion, they refused. We were told our 2nd opinion was doctors reviewing her records. No doctor saw my wife, or witnessed that she couldn't function in or out of bed. Then 3 pig women from blue cross got on the phone with me and told me there would be someone there every day to make sure my wife was taken care of, and that my wife would receive all the therapy she needed at home. GUESS WHAT, we got nothing. All this time my wife is in so much pain she is crying all day and night. We go to her HMO doctor, he takes x-rays and sees 3 fractures.
Now these pigs at blue cross stated there were no broken bones so she can go home, they told us my wife would just have to work through the pain. Now that they know they did wrong, are they trying to correct things? Nooooo, in fact they are making sure any service my wife should be getting takes as long as they can make it before she receives this service. Trust me you do not want to have Blue cross as your medical provider. All of this is documented, I would love to provide you with all my notes, names, phone numbers and x-rays to prove what I am saying is correct.
There is more, because we complain they are refusing any treatment any doctor puts in for her to have, they have gone so far as trying to say I am abusing my wife. I have done nothing but fight to make sure my wife gets the medical treatment she deserves and everyone will tell you that. Do I get mad? Yes. Do I get in their face? Yes. But they think they have so much power no one can touch them. Trust me they will be touched, everyone that hurt her, left her for dead will pay, god see's all and they will get what they deserve.
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!!!
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!
TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- This is happening EVERYWHERE. Blue Cross and Blue Shield deny benefits to people who pay in good faith when they know that the cost of the litigation + the time spent waiting = dead patient before payout. RUNAWAY CORPORATE GREED! THEIR BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS BCBS.
HELL -- So, my Doc tells me she thinks I have ulcerative colitis this morning. Oh happy day, NOT! Really, it came as no surprise. UC is not a pleasant illness (not that any illness is), but imagine bleeding from your rectum daily in addition to severe stomach cramping, diarrhea, bloating, and gas, not to mention the interruption of your daily life.
Anyhow, I call BCBS to get my CT scan and colonoscopy preauthorized and the jerks have the nerve to ask me why I am having the procedure performed! "Oh gee, I thought I would stick a tube up my ** just for kicks and giggles." It's because my Dr. ordered it, you idiots! Because I crap myself day and night, if you really must know.
Then, after a day of being stuck with needles 1,001 times (dehydrated from constant diarrhea) I drag myself to the pharmacy to get my medicine. Of course, I call my insurance company before I drop off the script to make sure they will pay for the meds and am quoted a price. I even asked the rude man to repeat himself (these people act like they are doing me a favor every time they call). It's expensive, but at least I know in advance. There will be no surprises at the pharmacy. WRONG!!!
I am given an incorrect quote. Now, the jerks want to know what they can do to make it right. How about give me my frickin' medicine at the price you quoted me, morons?! The representative had the nerve to tell me that since I had a 5 day supply that I would be fine until they get the problem resolved. Well, just in case you missed a little important factoid about this month, Christmas is in one week. I'd rather not wake up in the morning doubled over in pain, bleeding from my butt, covered in my own poo. I'd like to have enough medicine to last me until the day after Christmas so my poor children do not have to deal with their mother pooping herself under the tree.
This is just one small issue I have had with BCBS. Can you hear the anger? I'm sure this will be the first of many more complaints to come since I will be in the hospital for a CT scan in two days followed by the old tube up the butt procedure. Great, can't wait.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of AZ lists on their Prescription Benefits Web Page drugs covered. Even though Chantix is listed on their Covered Prescriptions my prescription was denied. After speaking with a representative at BCBS prescription Benefits, I was told that MY PLAN did not include a benefit for that prescription (smoking cessation products/devices). I asked "why was it listed on the web under my prescription benefits?" I was told that the majority of BCBS plans do not provide for smoking cessation products.
With all of the anti-smoking campaigning that goes on these days, why on earth would a health insurance provider deny someone the opportunity to quit smoking? That is just ludicrous! It's time that insurance providers like BCBS get their act together and start providing people with the benefits that really count. I guess I will need to wait to get some type of cancer, since they WILL cover that! How STUPID is that?!
Blue Cross/Blue Shield it's time you stopped misrepresentation/misleading information posted on your website. Or at least get your tiny letter disclaimers correct "Coverage may vary by benefit plan". Maybe it should really read "This Item may not be covered under your plan." When you say "Coverage may vary by benefit plan" you are giving the false impression that benefit plans cover this item, but in some other degree. That's just like if you bought a box of waffles and on the box in very small print it said "Waffle count may vary by box."
So in some cases you get 12 waffles, other times you get 4 waffles and sometimes you get no waffles at all. Sounds like a sweet deal for the waffle maker but not for the consumer. Come on BCBS step up and do the right thing and start helping people that want the help, after all, you wouldn't exist without us.
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY -- I have invested a month or more calling this company and these customer service representatives. Every time I speak to a different person and there is no direct number I can call. It is like starting over EVERY TIME I speak to someone. I have to reiterate everything again. They have a computer in front of them and I have reference numbers for the calls and they still cannot give me one simple answer. I am trying to get in-network coverage for a dental device that helps a medical condition. The provider I am working with has called them also about their services.
Earlier, this week I talked to them for the 10-15th time. They told me I would receive an answer in two days. I called today and they don't have any of the information I PROVIDED for them this week!!! Last week they emailed me a list and I called 26 companies to see if anyone within a 50 mile radius had this device. None of them did and most didn't even know anything about what I was talking about. When I called back to give them this information, they said that policy stated THEY now had to call all the 26 companies also. I have provided them tax ID#'s, diagnosis codes, and appliance codes. This has gotten ridiculous and now they want to start all over.
These ploys or incompetence to give me a timely answer have made me very frustrated. I would NEVER NEVER NEVER choose this company again or suggest to ANYONE else to use them. The only reason to use them is if you want unprofessional, incompetent, unreliable and negligent insurance provider to work with whom will ignore you and NEVER GET YOU ANSWERS IN A TIMELY MANNER. I am now waiting for a supervisor to call me. YEAH, like that will happen!!!
ILLINOIS -- If anyone is considering BCBS, I would think twice about it. In addition to their increases annually, they also add on additional increase when your Birthday ends with a 0 or a 5. In investigating options, I decided on another plan to reduce my monthly premium. When I requested an application to be sent to me, it took about a month, meanwhile my premiums has already been increased by 33%. When I sent in the new application, I waited and waited for a response.
I was told in a letter I was missing a page that needed to be signed. I prompted faxed in the page. All of a sudden two weeks later I received a letter stating they are closing the application process because they did not receive my signed page. When I called them, I was told I could re-fax it, and request the application process to be re-opened. Now one would think that process should not take that long. I also requested that a rush be put on this since it was their incompetence that caused the delay. I am guessing it was that remark that put my application on the bottom of the pile. When I called 21 business days later, they said it was still being process.
Not knowing what that meant, I asked to speak to a supervisor. Oh my gosh, that request takes 24 to 48 hours before one will call you back. I think I have spent more than enough time trying to get a status of my application. I was told yesterday by another supervisor, I should check in 7 to 14 business days to get a status. To add insult to injury, the supervisor ends her call with "is there anything else I can do for you today?" Seriously? She did nothing for me today and nothing for the last 41 days when I initially sent in my application. There has to be a company out there who will provide good health insurance, and at the same time act like they really care about their members.
We have had both of my (healthy) daughters on BCBS for many years, paying ridiculously high premiums. Last year, my oldest daughter told me she thought she had ADD. To save ourselves and BCBS, we did a study through Future Search. After free testing, my daughter was indeed diagnosed and put on ADD medicine. The changes were remarkable!!! She went from a B and C student to straight A's almost overnight. It also boosted her self-esteem as she thought she was "dumb". After a year in the study and no out of pocket to us or our longtime Insurance carrier, we then took our first RX to be filled.
To our amazement, the $156 a month medication that was Prescribed and that she had done so well on was not covered??? I informed out Dr. who then wrote a different Rx for a much less expensive medication that we could afford (no thanks to BCBS who had faithfully been taking our money every month for YEARS) but would not cover a much needed medication for our daughter. I then called to ask if we used Drugstore.com or any Mail in Rx to save money what portion would they pay. I got an extremely rude man who told me the system was down, try back in an hour or two. I asked if he could answer "general" questions about this Rx coverage.
He then informed me BCBS offers no mental Health Coverage. Wow, really. I wish I had had my daughter tested by a Physician that was not doing a study. I would have been out of pocket some money, but would have learned a year ago to quit giving money away to a Provider that does not Provide!!! What a waste!! I am actively searching for a different company this minute. I will let EVERYONE I come in contact with hear this story as well. When choosing a Health Plan, check into what "Mental Health" is and if it is covered. I do not believe my daughter has a Mental Health issue, but they say ADD is. I guess as just an excuse not to pay. Very sad.