CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Spent hours on the phone trying to gain an understanding of why my claims were refused. In the end it appeared because they would have not made any money off of me. Only had 900 dollars in claims and had already paid them $200 for 3 months. Thanks to the Obama (everyone must have insurance). The process here is you call them and email and they get back to you saying "I can't answer your question but I'll forward;" followed by no one ever getting back to you.
Forward ahead a few months and you call back and they say no luck for you but thanks for the money; I take that back, not even a thanks. I would advise you to run from this place because I am and even though I am not writing all the crap I just want to say they are awful and best of luck to all.
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA -- To make a long story short, they have no customer service. None. You can't get anyone directly. NO ONE. So every single time you have to go through customer service **. I'm now sitting on hold, yet again, because of THEIR mistake. I tried to remove myself from our policy in January, keeping my family members on the policy. Well to say they've screwed it up royally would be a huge understatement. They only "split the policy". Their mistake but they want ME to pay. How's that work?! Their excuse is, "There is no paperwork." Well, that's because your person screwed up. Needless to say, I'm pretty unhappy. So, 22 minutes on hold and the clock keeps ticking.
I keep thinking that Durham is not a bad drive. But if I did go I'd never get through the front door so why bother. Customer service? Not on your life. Pathetic. I've truly, truly never experienced customer service at this level... And I'm including DMV experiences.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- I do not have a pituitary gland. It was removed due to a tumor. I then had radiation when the tumor started growing back. BCBS knows this because they paid for it. I take a lot of meds due to this chronic condition. I made a mistake simple as that. I long hard day and somehow after I took my nightly injection. I placed it in the freezer instead of the fridge. According to BCBS once I receive the meds if anything happens (lost, stolen or ruined), it is my responsibility to replace them at $500.00 dollars. So I have to go almost 2 weeks without meds which will mess me up for close to a month because of their ridiculous rules.
Mistakes happen. Also the entire way their system is set up is a rip-off. My plan says that I have a copay of $30.00 for specialty drugs but the vial only lasts 25 days and they make me pay the extra 3 vials per year because of the way the vials are measured. That isn't my fault. My plan has me paying for $30 for a 30 supply. Hours and hours on hold and nothing but the runaround and in the end. Go call the insurance commissioner. I can give you the number if you like. WOW!
ROCHESTER NY, NEW YORK -- I changed from one company that I was totally happy with because of the premium increase. Through The Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCare) I met with a navigator who assigned me to Blue Cross/Blue Shield. It has been nothing but a nightmare so far. They refused to pay for my mammogram because I require an ultrasound after the mammogram, now they are refusing to approve my migraine headache medication that I have been taking forever via my Neurologist and previous health care provider.
Money is everything with these people. They are trying to substitute the pills with pills that cause tinnitus, which is a condition I already suffer from and also, I found out through research, they give it to dogs with arthritis! They have been rude on the phone and even sent me a letter telling me that I could not have my old med back.
Now I am on Vicodin and nausea drugs and they have to pay out of pocket despite a premium I pay them monthly because they claim I have a "deductible". I do not understand why they will not approve the Naproxen sodium 550mg I was taking because they weren't going to pay for it anyway!
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.
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!
GEORGIA -- Customer service for Blue Cross and Blue Shield is horrible. They need people to take a class on how to answer the phone and be respectful to a client! Very rude and wanted to talk over me! Very displeased with how one of the representatives helped me. I have been transferred 6 times to the same department and no one can seem to answer a minor question about online bill pay! Come on now it's your job to know and to help people when they need it not be a total ass about it!!!
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.