TAMPA, FLORIDA -- So angry I fell for this! I was researching insurance plans and, like another reviewer here, I also made the mistake of checking for healthcare quotes through a website I thought was the Affordable Healthcare Marketplace (BTW, that reviewer stated the Marketplace official website is: www.Healthcare.gov). I promptly received a call from "a licensed insurance agent" named Erica. Erica told me the plan, called "Simple Insurance" [except it didn't turn out to be "Simple Insurance"], was a PPO plan with approved providers nationwide. It was represented as a full health insurance plan, with Dental and Vision coverage included, for $222.80/month.
I forgot what visits were supposed to run, but cost was reasonable as long as you saw one of their preferred providers and I was reassured they had plenty of providers that would be accessible to me in my area. Medications were quoted to cost "$20-$50/month, per medication, depending on type and whether it was brand or generic. I was told that **, a costly medication, would cost me only $30/month with this plan. There was no deductible. The only things it would not cover would be maternity care, drug rehab, or hospitalization for a mental illness.
Never having had to shop around for insurance plans, I asked why this plan is being offered when the open season for plans doesn't start until Nov. 1st and she gave me some excuse about "other insurances not wanting you to know because.... yada yada yada." Whatever reason she gave, I fell for it. Another big red flag was that this offer was time limited and quoted prices were increasing, so there was pressure to hurry and sign up if you didn't want to miss out. I wanted something to read.... a brochure or something, but was not given that information until it came time to sign up via online.
When I decided to sign up, I was told I "would be transferred to the confirmation line," where someone would walk me through the documents and I could sign with my electronic signature. However, since the person signing me up would not be a licensed agent, I would not be able to ask that person questions about the plan, but would have to call the agent every time I was unsure about something I read [but it's not like you could print the info out and then call].
If I asked a question, they would have to start the process all over again. As typical, the pages went on and on. I had been reassured, however, that I had 30 days to try it out and, if I didn't want it, I could get "a full refund". So, I skimmed, signed, and figured I would print out the brochure and read it again, more carefully, as soon as I got the chance [another foolish mistake].
As I was going through it online, I saw they offered some "telehealth" services referred to as "4 Core Health" with "wellness specialists". I thought it was an added service. So, when I saw it described as a supplement to health insurance and not a substitute for major medical coverage, I thought that was just referring to that portion of the policy. There was also accidental death and dismemberment offered as part of the package. I didn't need that, but if it was part of the package, no extra cost, what the heck, I thought. So, I signed away. Afterwards, I got to thinking.... I never saw anything about "Simple Health Insurance" [?]. They kept calling it "Health Insurance Innovations".
I started reviewing the paperwork and I never found any piece of the plan offering major medical coverage. Instead, all that stood out was the big bold letters stating that this was “a supplement to health insurance and was not a substitute for major medical coverage.” [huh???]. Unfortunately, I already signed this crap, which "indicated I have read and understand and agree to be bound by these terms, whether or not I have access to policy documents." Great.... So, what about the full refund?
It did state, somewhere, that I could be refunded, but I would have to pay "a processing fee" [amount undisclosed, but I am guessing this is the $257.85 "one time enrollment fee" I paid for the combined medical and dental insurance misrepresented to me as a “full” insurance plan]. I will be calling as soon as they open, but they got me, as well as my credit card info. All I could do now is try to contest the charge with my credit card company. Corrupt!!!.... knowingly taking advantage of people.... makes me so angry!
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- While trying to research an affordable Health Care Plan for my family (thanks failed Obamacare!) I clicked a link I THOUGHT was for health insurance quotes. In minutes I received a phone call from a sales person at Health Insurance Innovations. To be QUITE HONEST, she did tell me that they were NOT a "Major Medical" Insurance company, but the rest of what she said was VERY MISLEADING. She led me to believe that they used First Health and Coventry providers and looked up our doctors to confirm that they were on the plan, THEY DON'T HAVE ANY CONTRACT WITH FIRST HEALTH OR COVENTRY TO VERIFY ANYTHING!
What they are really selling is a BUNDLE OF SMALL WORTHLESS LIFE INSURANCE AND "HEALTH BENEFITS" aka Home Prevention and Workouts, TeleMed (who do not really help you) and a bunch of worthless pharmacy information. UNFORTUNATELY by the time I found this out, I had already given them all of my personal information PLUS my debit card information to start a "Limited Medical Liability" policy on August 1, 2017. While on the phone, they sent me to the "confirmation" line where the gentlemen walked me through approval paces, and then said that he would walk me through the email with the "automatic signatures".
I'm glad that my brain kicked back in when my I saw the email. It was a whole LOT of worthless programs and insurances. Some of them nothing more than REFERRAL services!!! 18 pages of it! Most of them stating that if you agreed by signing, you pretty much signed away to rights to anything! I told him I needed time to read through it before signing anything. He wanted to wait on the phone with me, I told him to call me back in an hour and we would discuss. When I started reading the mess, I meant to print it out, but initially couldn't.
What I did see only then was a "DECLINE" Button, which I used, along with a "Reason for Declining" box: I left a strongly worded explanation as to what lengths I would go to if they tried to put through ANY of the charges. I finally decided to do a little online research and OMG, these people are ripping folks off right and left all across the country! Based out of Florida, they call from numbers beginning with (954) and (754). My legal background finally paid off. READ EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU SIGN ANYTHING!!!
My common sense really kicked in then, and I called my bank and had my debit card CANCELLED. TAKE THAT HII Imposters! You will never get a legal cent from me, and if I find that you have used or abused any of the personal information you have about me I will report you to every bloody agency, state, or federal program to take action against you and your employees. Especially Ms Prem **, agent for HII who was feeding me the lies about "no out of pocket" expenses, cash prices negotiated and payment to doctors, with maybe only a little balance left to pay if out of network. "Pennies on the dollar," she said. They don't HAVE a network!!! They are liars!
You could incur tens of thousands of dollars or millions before they would pay out anything to you. I will follow up with a fax to their number tomorrow of my DECLINE message and the automated return message from them that acknowledged I declined to sign. RUN AWAY from these sleazy sales people, report them to your state, add them to your blocked call list and report them if they continue to try to call you! Legal action IS available in every state against these types of practices if they get enough complaints. Hopefully they will get the hint, because they sure a hell ain't gonna get my money!
TAMPA, TEXAS -- This is my far the most deceptive company I have ever dealt with. We were faced with having to use Cobra and I began researching policies. I came across Health Innovation Services. Shortly after asking for a quote I was called by a representative. The person spoke very good English, appeared to be very knowledgeable about the plans and was very helpful. I asked very specific questions about the policy such as, would well-women and mammograms be covered, would there be a discounted rate for things such as x-rays, blood work etc.
I was told many things and they were all false. Everything was a lie to get you to sign on. There is absolutely NO coverage for any of the things in which I inquired. This was not just one person giving the wrong information. Because there was a lot of researching to be done, I spoke with several people from HII over two days. Also, we were told that the only non-federally required item was that there was no maternity coverage and therefore, we would not have a tax related penalty. Wrong! Looks like we will be paying a fine this year.
The coverage began in April. After calling several times, we still do not have insurance cards. It is now August. Every single time I call about coverage, a different and misleading answer is given. Plus, you are often on the phone with someone you cannot understand.
You do not actually have insurance through the Health Insurance Innovations. They send you to a completely different company. This policy was sent to Allied Insurance. When I have called about coverage questions and am given completely different answers from what we were told the policy covered, the representatives from Allied are not surprised. Apparently, it is very common for them to get customer complaints about being lied to about coverage from HII. Again, EVERY SINGLE THING we were told was basically a LIE. Please save yourself some trouble and keep looking for a more reliable plan via a different company.
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- 6 months to get insurance cards, 5 months to get a packet outlining benefits, good luck speaking to someone who doesn't have an accent. On hold forever, bounced around from person to person and good luck getting a supervisor. I received a notice that my daughter's insurance is going to expire and I need to call to continue coverage. Well I get sent to another company who can't even insure a single policy on a child.
I call back and get the excuse that they don't actually insure people. Funny all paperwork and billing has their name on it. Nobody can explain a damn thing to me and they don't want to. This in my opinion is the worst company I've ever had to deal with. Save yourself the pain, high pressure and anger. Find someone else!!!
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- This company will steal your money. I made my purchase on Friday and called to cancel on Monday. They told me it was cancelled and that I would receive a refund in 3 to 5 days. I call back the next day to confirm the cancellation and was told my order was not cancelled. They then assured me my order was cancelled and that I would receive a refund in 3 to 5 business days.
I called back the following Monday to check the status and was told that only part of the order was cancelled, and that it would be 7 to 10 business day for me to receive a refund. In the meantime I received the insurance card in the mail, which tells me nothing has been cancelled. I fear my money has been stolen by this company. They lie when they tell you that you can cancel. Stay clear of this company. I will be contacting the "consumer protection agency" in hopes that something can be done to stop this company from ripping people off.
DO NOT EVER EVER EVER USE THESE CROOKS. I wish I had read all the nasty, negative, horrible reviews before I used them. I hope there is some kind of class action lawsuit against them someday. Not only did they lie to me and deceive me, they were insanely un-helpful in canceling the four ** policies they signed me up for, telling me it was all things I needed and all under one policy. I spent weeks trying to cancel all the freaking crap they signed me up for not knowing I'd be dealing with 4 different companies. Every single EXPENSIVE health related thing they signed me up for DID NO GOOD and absolutely was horrendous. NEVER. Seriously, NEVER use these evil people.
FLORIDA -- Once I entered my contact information online, within 10 seconds I was contacted by "Nick" a "licensed insurance agent". I told his specifically I needed insurance that would cover pre-existing conditions. We went over our pre existing conditions, the medications we take, the amount of office visits we usually have for our conditions.
During the conversation I was transferred to Tiffany, a benefit specialist, we also spoke about preexisting conditions. When I received the paperwork, it stated that the coverage WOULD NOT COVER ANY PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. They straight lied, lied, lied. Once the lie was discovered, I tried to reach the same people again and was blocked at every attempt.
My real complaint is against the Department of Insurance in the states where this is going on. With this many complaints, with the organization using several different names, with the amount of deception and misrepresenting, how on earth are the still allowed to do business??? This is more than a buyer beware, this is a company using salespeople trained to deceive. I called and spoke to a supervisor on 10/4/17 and she was very well versed at continuing the lie. Departments of Insurance are set up to protect the public, why are they failing to do so?
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- I paid my health insurance in advance. My coverage was to start 12/01/2016. I had several appointments on 12/3/2016 and 12/08/2016. They refused to cover any of it. Their reasoning was as follows: "We are not responsible for any coverage during the first week of your coverage". They would not pay for my medical appointments even tho I paid for coverage and was within my plan and received my welcome card and beginning coverage date of 12/01/2016. They are scam artists. They will not cover you. These people need to be put in prison. This is sick and needs to end.
MIAMI, NEVADA -- The worst health insurance ever. They do not provide any service that they promised to cover at all. I paid about $786.00 for registration and a monthly payment. However I went to see my Dr. Office to do annual check up none of the things they said they will cover was not covered. I end up paying out of my pocket for the whole visit.
Called the insurance to cancel my policy got running around for 20 minutes and told me it was canceled. After a couple of months later I got another bill and told them I have called and canceled it and requested a refund, unfortunately they are trying to convince me to re sign for the insurance again. After I had fought with them for 30 minutes they canceled it but still refused to give me my money back. I am forced to talk to a lawyer to get my money back. Never ever sign up any thing with this people. They are a scamper. Check their reviews. All of them are trained to cheat as much as they can. Stay away from this insurance company.
MIAMI, FLORIDA -- I'm telling my story today so others don't make the same mistake. I'm a recently minted entrepreneur, my previous employer's cobra ran out in May 2017 necessitating me to get insurance on my own. I made the unfortunate mistake of applying for healthcare quotes through a website I thought was the Affordable Healthcare Marketplace (Marketplace official website is: www.Healthcare.gov). Here is where I met HII (Health Insurance Innovations). In my conversation with the HII representative I told him that I was a healthy 51 year old with no preexisting conditions needing insurance to cover me in case of unforeseen life debilitating medical events (Cancer, tumors, etc...).
He sold me a policy for $300 a month that would cover 70 percent of any medical expenses with no deductibles. The problem is that, this is important pay close attention, they don't pay anything. The 70 % is only based on a discounted rate they negotiate with the in network providers. If you go out of network it's 100% on you and good luck with the network. No one seems to know the network. As for their ability to get you a good discounted rate let's take their prescription program as an example of the performance you can expect.
My 90 day prescription of ** 20mg which use to cost me less than a dollar with my previous plan will now cost me over $100.00. The pharmacist pointed me to www.goodrx.com a free website to get discounted drugs. The price on GoodRx.com is about $40. Luck for me. I don't need any other medical services and was able to get a policy from Obamacare for $66 that is comparable to my previous plan. HII is not insurance. Run don't walk away.