AUSTIN, TEXAS -- My Humana policy became effective February 1, 2015. I've been using Beconase since 1989 for my allergies. Each year, I get samples and try the new nasal sprays on the market, but I always go back to the tried true nasal spray that works the best for me. I live in Austin, Texas, the Allergy Capital of the World, and I have pollen allergies. We are currently in the worst season with cedar still going strong and elm and oak starting up. This is the most difficult time of year for me as far as my allergies.
1) Humana Step 1 STALL TACTIC - Decline the request immediately and ask for additional info. Then, when the doctor responds to the request (my allergist submitted the information they requested, explaining why I need this drug I've been using for 27 years).
2) Humana Step 2 STALL TACTIC is Rejecting the information and closing the claim.
I am not clear how many times Humana will decline and reject before they will finally do the right thing - not even sure they will ever do the right thing. But it means that me and my doctor are in for some truly frustrating periods while we continue to try to get this eHealth company provider to do what they're supposed to do for their insureds - to fill the prescriptions the doctor prescribes and says are needed.
Today's Humana can't hold a candle to the old Humana... That company provided healthcare coverage. Today's Humana works very hard NOT to provide the coverage they're contracted to give. Please don't make the mistake I made. Humana is not the company you want or need. Choose Blue Cross or UnitedHealthcare instead!!!
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- A CLASS ACTION IS OVERDUE AGAINST HUMANA. They fail to honor approved services and/or agreements. On April 2014, my Dr.'s office requested additional trips for me so that I could see a physical therapy in addition to my primary care.
These trips were approved and I've been going to my appointments, however, I called the transport co. on 8/12 and was told that Humana voided all trips for the rest of this year. I called my Dr.'s office and was told by the nurse that trips already approved are good until the end of the year. I have sent 3 e-mails to Humana and all I get are evasive responses.
In addition, on 8/12 I rec'd a Notice of Denial of Payment from Humana for my transport to the therapist even though they have the order for this service from my Dr. Because of the numerous complaints from thousands of patients, I ask that an attorney files a class action on our behalf. In the meantime, I reported them to the BBB.
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Spouse moved this year to Humana HMO over the newly renamed "AARP" plan provided by PHC/UHC. Got to be better, right? Wrong! Precious few providers will accept this HMO, mostly with long unpronounceable foreign names, and terms dictate that you cannot go outside of network. So Humana issued HC card and 8 months in, we try to look up the assigned doctor. No answer! What is wrong?
We got to the bottom of it: Humana assigned a RESIDENT who sees only patients already in the hospital. No new patients, no well-care visits. Yet this is our defined PCP! Yes of course dear victim you can change your PCP but it will not take effect until next month! Needless to say we hit the roof after paying monthly premiums and finding the PCP assignment to be a fraud.
Oh my, where do I begin! Words that come to mind - deceive, misdirect, allude, conceal - a thesaurus may not include all the words! Alluding to drug coverage that in reality is negated simply by the average person's non-medical knowledge. I believe Humana uses this to their benefit. Likely the worst customer service representation in the medicare insurance industry. I feel deceived by Humana's promotion of varied programs that are touted as saving money. Actually, if you become ill most likely you will pay far, far more than you anticipate. Website and paperwork is over the top complex.
For the most part your annual medical needs change year to year. Humana appears to counts on this by fine lining specific drugs for coverage. Never belief Tier One will cover your new generic drug as most likely it will not! Or that the antibiotic you need will be on their list of covered drugs or that that new drug that has been FDA approved for your new/old condition has any coverage at all even prior to the "donut hole" or with a physician's written, faxed approval in addition to the prescription.
Just because the drug company states its generic has no influence that Humana will cover it; has to be on a small Humana 'preferred' generic list that seems to be nowhere out there in cyberland. I find medicare drug coverage plans in general (other than and including Humana) are no replacement for what you had through your employer or what you became accustomed to with the standard insurance industry. Humana creates paperwork your physician needs to fax to them to get a basic long time FDA drug approved for you. After that you relax. Don't do that!
You can never speak with the same person twice as they have no extensions; just a hundred or so phone employees (by their admission) that have a list of rote answers Humana has given to them. You can talk in circles for as long as you desire but more than likely your questions will remain unanswered after you hang up. Humana has surpassed the credit card industry in this tactic.
I thought all I had to be concerned about was the medicare 'donut hole'. Oh my, was I wrong! When the pharmacist stated the insurance carrier said 'no coverage' I was in need of a respiratory drug for a severe case of the H1N1 flu. At $700 I wanted to cry. I changed carriers to Humana to save $20 a month on the premium. Now I have several $45 a month GENERICS on a Humana's Enhanced PDP policy!
I learned today it is far, far easier to get a direct question answered by knowledgeable medicare phone staff than contact Humana. The irony for today is medicare advised me that Humana statements made to me regarding medicare were incorrect; a medicare grievance is being issued! It won't save me from having to continue to pay until I am free to change carriers. However, Humana may be getting their hand slapped by medicare. AMEN.
I called in on 1/23/15. Around 12:10pm I spoke with a male in the sales representative in enrollment. I advised him that I had enrolled through the marketplace back in December and they never submitted my application to Ambetter health insurance. I advised I had made my payment though the marketplace and Ambetter took my payment WITHOUT receiving my application. I then stated I went back to the marketplace and switched to HUMANA thinking I was going to get better customer service.
The sales representative told me that the reason I was not active was because I hadn't paid my premium and that I had to pay even though HUMANA did not receive my application. I advised that I'm not to pay the premium until the marketplace sends my application.
At this point I had asked the sales representative for a supervisor. The sales representative told me that I was going to get told the same thing by the supervisor and started to raise his voice. I asked for a supervisor several different times with my voice raised. I told the sales representative that he didn't need to be raising his voice at me. The sales representative replied "well since you're raising your voice then so am I."
I asked for his name 7 TIMES and he never answered me then he put me on hold then disconnected the call. I was just trying to enroll through HUMANA and tell them my situation with the marketplace. I had the worst customer service experience of my life. Very disappointing.
KENTUCKY -- I enrolled in a Humana One after turning 26 and no longer being eligible for my dad's insurance through Humana with a big corporation. I assumed the service would be the same even though the plan may not be as comprehensive. This was a horrible assumption. I have had an issue with them 10 out of the 11 months I have been with them. They have randomly canceled my plan and I didn't realize until I received a termination letter. Charged me the $25 late fee after they canceled my plan.
I used their online payment portal and the balance was never correct and it never would process my payment. Enrolling was a nightmare because they demanded my previous doctor fax over all of her notes about my last visit (I don't even think that's legal). I've spent hours on hold with them. Worst of all, I've never used them for a doctor's visit or prescription. I have sufficient money to pay them every month. There is no way to make a formal complaint, and if I did, it doesn't matter to them. We need insurance reform, not healthcare reform. This is outrageous.
STANFORD, KENTUCKY -- This is the worst insurance anyone could ever get. I work for the state and it just gets worse every year. You get a little 500$ debit card to spend and of course one time getting blood work has put you at about 900$. It's just cheaper to say I don't have insurance and they feel sorry for you and you pay about 60$.
Ain't no wonder the dead beats don't work. If you are on the draw you can sleep in until noon and you have full coverage insurance and free cell phone that we, the working poor class pay for. Crap like this makes you think what are you working for??? Should just sit my butt on the couch and draw off the government? I would have paid housing and full coverage health insurance.
ASHLAND, KENTUCKY -- I need treatment for a illness I have. I was told I would not even have co-pays for my prescriptions. I was prescribed 2 medications together, and I have to take both of or else the treatment will not work. My 2 prescriptions are Sovaldi and the second Ribavirin. The most expensive one was Sovaldi that was approved and delivered to my house. But the second medication called Ribavirin that happens to be the least expensive one was not approved by Humana.
Ok first of all I am told I am guaranteed prescriptions with no co-pay. And I am told I need both medications for my treatment and they have twice refused it. So in my opinion I would stay away from Humana. Not only do they lie, but they absolutely could care less about a customer getting treatment for a serious illness. And then when I try to call them I get put on hold for several hours instead of them dealing with me.
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY -- In late April of 2007, I applied on behalf of myself and my then 8-year old son for health coverage with Humana. I received my first letter acknowledging my application on May 2, 2007. The underwriting information originated from Waukesha, Wisconsin. I signed the agreement effective May 1, 2007, and at that time I was 49 years old.
In that same packet of information that I signed and faxed back on May 2, I read in the "Additional Information" pages the underwriter's comments regarding the health status of me and my son, **. The comments regarding my health status were based on a thorough checkup and revealed no abnormalities.
Moreover, the only medications I had taken in the past 24 months were penicillin as needed for dental work. The comments regarding my son were based on a normal school checkup in 2006, and the only medications he needed were miralax (over-the-counter) and antibiotics for an ear infection. No additional medications were needed within the last 24 months prior to our signing with HumanaOne. The whole point of this rendition is to establish that we were, have been, and still are, healthy individuals with no history of excessive filing for insurance benefits.
My "conditional receipt" was for the initial monthly premium of $247.98, applied upon approval of the policy. Again, I am still referring to the May 1, 2007 effective date and the May 2 packet of information faxed to me and then faxed and mailed back to them. I received a letter from HumanaOne dated May 17, 2007 regarding an "application update". In it I was told that my application was approved with modifications, and that I had two days upon receipt to acknowledge the modifications by my signature.
The modifications in the form of an amendment stated that my monthly premium would be increased to $343.90, and the reason given for the "rate up" was "due to body build". I was already committed to this plan, so I signed the amendment effective June 1, 2007. This represented a $95.92 increase from my conditional monthly premium four weeks earlier. Curiously, I had the same "body build" those same four weeks earlier.
In 2008 I noticed that my monthly premium had increased from $343.90 to $390.68, with no prior notice and no reason given. I called and spoke with an individual in the system who could only tell me that the reason was due to me turning 50 years of age (like I really had to be reminded). I accepted that and informed my husband that the automatic debit would show an increase every month by $46.10.
In 2009 I again noticed that my monthly premium had increased from $390.68 to $443.94, indicating a monthly increase of $53.26. When I called to ask why I was told simply that I was a year older, and that each year the premium would increase due to that.
During the past 24 months I have not submitted a single claim for myself. Please see the documents submitted by hard copy to show this. During the past 24 months, I have submitted four medical claims for my son, (doctor's visits) which totaled $278.30. Of that total, HumanaOne paid $20.09, consistent with our deductibles. Also during the same 24-month period, I submitted claims from prescriptions for my son totaling $91.02. The plan paid $00.00, but consistent with the agreed upon deductibles.
My point is this: my medical and prescription needs have been zero for the past 24 months, yet it is my increasing age that supposedly triggers each yearly premium increase. My son's claims have been for normal causes for a boy his age, and not significant by any stretch.
My complaint is the rising monthly premiums assessed each calendar year with the reason being my age. My age has not contributed to one cent in claims and thus not one cent in cost to HumanaOne. I will inquire with appropriate authorities to see if this falls under insurance abuse or age discrimination without cause. I am a housewife and my husband is the sole source of our income. These ever increasing monthly premiums, assessed each year, impact my family and seemingly for no acceptable reason.
OCALA, FLORIDA -- Insurance companies are a rip-off. Last November I started researching prescription drug plans. After speaking with several companies, I chose Humana because it is a well-known company, the premium was reasonable and I was assured that my husband's medication for diabetes would be covered.
I spoke with **, **, ** and **, just to name a few, regarding the fact that my husband's prescription was Janumet. I was assured that while the Janumet is not a generic drug, there would be no problem getting it approved by the company's Clinical Pharmacy Review Board. What a laugh!
I enrolled my husband the middle of December and received confirmation via a letter dated December 27, 2007. Later, we received a letter dated January 7, 2008 indicating that because we had not had a drug plan before, there would be a slight penalty each month (only for that year). That was something we could live with.
A letter dated January 10, 2008 was received providing details of his coverage. Now comes the fun part. We started the process of getting Janumet approved. My husband's doctor faxed the prescription to Humana. On January 9, 2008, I spoke with ** to set up the information to have the prescription shipped every three months direct from their pharmacy and spoke with ** at Humana regarding the forms to get Janumet approved. Humana faxed back a form to be completed, which the doctor's assistant did on January 9, 2008.
On January 12, I spoke with ** at Humana to see if the form had been received (no, so the doctor's office again faxed the form). On January 14, I spoke with ** at Humana to determine whether everything required had been provided. I was informed that the form had not been received. The doctor's office again faxed the form. On January 22, ** at Humana said the form still had not been received. However, we did receive a one-month supply of the Janumet with the notation that no more would be shipped until the proper form had been received.
The following people and the dates I spoke with them give you an indication of the efforts I have made regarding getting the Janumet approved: ** (January 24) (the doctor's office again faxed the form after being told it had not been received); ** and ** (January 25); ** (January 28); **, **, ** and ** (January 30); ** (February 4) who indicated the form had been received and was in the process of being reviewed; **, ** and ** (February 6) (when I learned that no the form had still not been received despite being faxed by the doctor's office five times).
I spoke with the doctor's office on January 30 and was told they would again fax the form and then call to make sure it had been received so there could be no further delays. On February 12, 2008, I called Humana and spoke with ** who transferred me to **. ** confirmed that the form had finally been received but the authorization had not come through. I stressed the importance of getting this done since the medication was running out. I indicated that my husband had taken several drugs prior to Janumet and the Janumet was the one that worked. I told them that he really needs the drug. He already suffers from nerve damage in his feet due to uncontrolled diabetes.
** put me on hold for quite some time and then came back to tell me that the Janumet had been denied. She said Humana was not convinced that enough other drugs had been tried. I explained that I had been told that there would be no problem getting the Janumet approved and that that was the only reason I had signed up with Humana. She said this was not the first time she had heard that. While ** was very sympathetic, there was nothing she could do.
Needless to say, I am going to cancel Humana. Since the enrollment period has expired, there is little hope of getting another plan in place this year, though I plan to try. I think it is terrible that representatives of insurance companies can tell someone something, have them enroll in a plan, and then completely disregard the information previously supplied.
A patient's doctor should be the one to make the decision as to medication required. Diabetes is a terrible disease. When a medication is found that can control the disease, there should be no question of it being covered. Everyone knows the damage that can result when it is not controlled. Insurance companies are only in the business for the money. They try to push off old and outdated drugs on the unsuspecting public with little regard for the effects.