Consumer Complaints and Reviews
Since I started getting my prescriptions through Cigna, on my second refill my prescriptions went up by $22 more. So it cost over $223 to get my medication. Within 90 days the person talking on the other end said that's your out-of-pocket cost. Ask him why it cost went up? She says it's your responsibility to pay out of pocket. The previous company that I was with for my medical, I didn't pay as much it went up by more than doubled. I think that Cigna Health program prescription drug program is more concerned about their back pocket. This continues to rise each 90 days I will not afford to pay for my medication. Something needs to be done.
I don't understand how this company is used for an established institution. They are totally mismanaged. I am waiting 3 months + on a claim payment that was supposedly sent to a wrong address and then thrice called and spoke with them for 30 or more minutes. Reps say they will call back and never do. No one follows up. No claim payment, no check, no one can say where it is or why it's not been paid. Total waste of time and money. Now I owe a provider and have no $$$ to pay them. Thanks Cigna for making my life harder!!!
In November of 2016 my husband and I switched Medicare supplement providers from CIGNA to AARP after CIGNA had two consecutive, very large increases. In December after we were approved by AARP, we called CIGNA to cancel our existing policies. No confirmation of any kind was sent to either of us. Once our January bank statement came in we realized my EFT was discontinued, my husband's was not. We called CIGNA and were told that they would send us forms. If we provided proof of coverage, we could get a refund. It took over two weeks to get the forms, and by that time they drafted another EFT payment. Ultimately, they stopped taking payments in March, but refused to refund January and February. Their reasoning: They are only required by law to refund payments if you change to a Medicare Advantage program, because that replaces regular medicare.
We have been trying to resolve this issue for over five months and are getting nowhere fast. The bank expects you to work with the vendor first, and CIGNA drags things out forever. Our bank says the time lapse is too long and they cannot do anything. Don't buy CIGNA, you will be sorry. And if you have to change carriers, go to your bank and block all future EFTs to protect yourself!
I have had many occasions where emails went unanswered, despite many re-sends. These were to do with a potential operation that Cigna require pre advice of, to designate a preferred hospital. Premium increases were in the order of 15% per annum, high for the industry and I elected to change providers, finding another company with almost identical coverage and my choice of medical provider. Canceling my policy has resulted in a denial of a refund of premium. The 'accounts' section claim it is because of a claim during my coverage period.
I submitted a receipt for blood test work (that I had already paid for) recently and was advised I was not covered for this procedure. How that could possibly constitute a 'claim' is beyond me. I have asked they review the request and will post here any developments. My advice: look elsewhere for international health coverage. Cigna are difficult to deal with, uncommunicative and expensive by comparison with other providers that also rate more highly in customer satisfaction scores I have seen.
It’s been more than 4 weeks since I submitted the claim, and whenever I contact customer care team, I was advised to wait for 10 business days. Also they rejected the first claim even though it was within the policy date, after talking to a customer care agent they accepted that it's their fault and now re-processing that claim. Worst health insurance company.
How do I know I can trust these reviews about Cigna?
- 848,010 reviews on ConsumerAffairs are verified.
- We require contact information to ensure our reviewers are real.
- We use intelligent software that helps us maintain the integrity of reviews.
- Our moderators read all reviews to verify quality and helpfulness.
For more information about reviews on ConsumerAffairs.com please visit our FAQ.
Like so many other reviews, I was not given the information that the pharmacy part would be a $200/copy per year for brand name drugs. Never had that before. I have to have ** (no generic available). Usually $35 with Aetna, NOW $135 for the first dose until next year with Cigna. I am a retired school teacher forced to take the insurance offered by my school district bec Obama care is over $800 for me. The school just changed to this insurance at an out of pocket expense of $494/month. They are very inconsiderate when I call, telling me I should've known this already. I didn't and also didn't have a choice. I cannot afford the extra $ on my scrawny retirement pay check.
Cigna is a complete scam. They pick and choose claims on same day of service and stick you with all the bills. It's highly illegal what they are doing. Be warned if you go to an in-network hospital through the ER. They can claim DR's in in-network hospital are not in-network. I want to start class action.
I was completely misinformed when I chose Cigna Local Plus insurance company. My only instructions were to check that my doctors and medications would be covered. I did that. My doctors were covered, but none of the hospitals associated with those doctors were. I underwent surgery and now have about $6000 worth of bills that are out of network. The doctors office, as well as the hospital, all checked my insurance and assumed the procedure was covered, as it always is with other plans. However, no one knew they only cover certain facilities.
So there's that. On another issue I went to see a doctor that I chose that WAS associated with a hospital in network (30 minutes away), and he wanted me to get an x-ray, however the offsite facility they use is not covered. I have to find a place that is in network and get a disc of the x-ray and bring it to him before I can go any further. Not that it matters, I have no money left for any more doctor visits or physical therapy. Physical therapy was another issue, the locations may be in network, but none or only 1 of the PTs are in network. I'm paying over 700 per month for this gem of a policy, and from the reviews I at least know I am not alone.
I have been denied testing, and medication both from CIGNA. I am currently post-op on two tests that they denied me for and once I got the test approved, it showed that I needed surgical intervention. I am currently waiting medication that I need for pain, and they have rejected that as well. This is absolutely the worst company I have ever dealt with in my life.
After paying full annual Deductible as well as all Co-Pays, got hit with a bill for Anesthesia in recent operation, since Anesthesiologist was deemed "out of network". I suppose it's my fault for not checking individually with every single medical tech, nurse, doctor or health care professional involved in any way in or out of the hospital, whether during pre-op, post-op, follow up therapy or during the operation as to whether they were "in network." Also note that by deeming the anesthesia out of network, the $2k uncovered bill doesn't count toward annual out-of-pocket maximum cap. Be warned--if you don't check network status with every single health care provider who provides any kind of service to you, Cigna will deny coverage. Seriously doubt any Hospital would agree to use an unknown "in network" anesthesiologist they've never heard of, regardless. Very clever Cigna!
On 1/26/17 I had a stress echocardiogram. I called Cigna and spoke to "Brenda" who said that this test would be covered. I also received a letter from Cigna stating that my cardiologist requested that they review and approve the service. The letter stated "after reviewing your medical information, we approved this request." Now I am being billed & 1,763.0l for the test. I called Cigna and was told that it was not covered due to the facility where it was conducted. Why was that never explained or even mentioned when I initially called to see if it was covered or in the response letter generated after the doctor inquired. I was told that I could appeal it and given an address to write to. I have never heard anything back regarding the appeal. Terrible customer service; terrible insurance company.
My employer switched from Aetna to Cigna in March 2017. Since then, this company has given me nothing but headaches, and I am relatively healthy. They treat me like a criminal. I take a medication for ADHD and for depression and I go to counseling for those two issues. That's it. I take ** and generic **. Every single month, when I fill my medications, Cigna denies it, I have to appeal, and I end up going weeks without my medications until they finally get around to approving it. For people who have taken psychotropic medications, you know what it's like to not be able to take your medications for a couple weeks out of every month. It messes with my brain chemistry and sends me into a tailspin of depression and ADHD symptoms until I can get my medications again.
My therapist is so frustrated with this ordeal because she is forced to help me stay functional while we fight for my medications every month. I have called Cigna in excess of thirty times in three months, begging for someone to give a darn that I can't get my medications. They don't care one bit. Everyone I talk to refuses to take my appeal, says it's not their job, or transfers me around to get rid of my call until I give up. It's absolutely horrific. I don't even have words to describe how horrible this company is. They have not a care in the world that I can't get my psychotropic medications for weeks out of every month and don't seem to understand that the constant on and off again of my medication is wreaking havoc with my brain chemistry.
This month, June 2017, I finally got my meds on June 14th. Five days into the meds, I was robbed at gunpoint, shot at, and had a very traumatic experience. My medications were in my purse that was stolen. I called Cigna to find out what to do, since the doctor they pay would not return my calls; her staff claimed medication refills are not urgent and no one seemed to care one bit that I was the victim of a violent crime. Cigna reported that "lost or stolen medications are not covered" and that I cannot get more meds until next month on July 14th. Combined with the stress of being robbed at gunpoint, I am again in a crisis situation, and can't even get more medication, despite the fact that I have a police report, photos of the damage when I was shot at, and my therapist and doctor confirming that I was robbed and shot at and that I am in crisis mode right now.
To be creative, when I finally got in to see my doctor six days later, my doctor finally tried changing my medications entirely so that I would have something to take before July 14th to help me stabilize my symptoms. But you guessed it, Cigna denied those as well. I literally can get no medications until July 14th and I am stuck in hell. Run far away from these people. They are heartless, cruel, and they don't give a crap about their client's health care. I have no idea how they get away with this, but they do. I am so tired of fighting with them, I cannot even fight anymore. RUN. Do not pay these people any of your money.
I am unfortunately a customer of Cigna HealthSpring. Customer ID **. I should have known from 2016, the same problems I had then would carry over to 2017, they DID. I signed up with Cigna HealthSpring mainly for their Ride to the Doctor service. Suffice to say 2016, I was forgotten, lost in paperwork, but mainly denied services agreed upon. DO note that 2017 has NOT been any different. Note also that Cigna does provide this service (stated in its Cigna's Customer's Handbook, Ride to Doctors service), but I have been denied this very service, being able to receive annuals, screenings, well being appts, lab services, dental appointments etc.
Cigna for me as a customer HAS been in NON-COMPLIANCE. Since, this has happened too many times this year. I have been borrowing money for 'transportation'. Enabled in getting to my appointments by cabs, my health my problems. Whatever, is being paid for this 'insurance' is a ONE-WAY service... to Cigna HealthSpring ONLY.
I have noticed, in the past few years, that CIGNA has started to take a very long time to process the large claims. In this way, I have been well over the required $3000 out-of-pocket before Cigna acknowledges it and starts paying for claims. For example, this year, I still have a claim for $1754.15 that is still "in processing." The claim date was January 23, 2017. Today is June 15, 2017. If Cigna would have processed that claim, I would have met my deductible by the end of January. Since then, our family has paid an additional $2939.06 and Cigna has still not started contributing.
I asked them if they will refund me that extra money once they get around to processing the claim and they said that they will not. So, for my family alone, Cigna doesn't have to pay about $7000 with a high deductible plan that requires my portion to be $3000. They are saving a lot of money. Who else has the same experience with Cigna? We probably have a good case for a class action lawsuit.
Although most of their reps try to be helpful and are very nice, they are not trained and their systems are a joke. The information is never updated on the site properly and they can't seem to resolve even the easiest issues. I have an HRA with them and the balance isn't matching the claims so I called. I've been on the phone with them for 45 minutes already and they still can't figure it out. Should be a simple thing for them to figure out since the claims are all listed, but they can't seem to do it. I dread calling them, knowing I'm going to be on the phone for an hour every time.
My account cancellation was effective May 5th. Cigna has sent multiple bills for the entire month for May. I have called 4 times to prorate the bill and was prepared each time to pay for the 5 days I was covered. Each time, they told me that I had to pay for the whole month, though I did not have coverage, and that they will refund me for the prorated amount asap. Now, I think we can all agree, this is not fair to the consumer. You are asking for someone to pay for services they DID NOT receive and to be confident that Cigna will refund your money. This is a loan in every sense of the word. Cigna is asking me to loan them money that they "will refund".
Why would anyone be comfortable paying a company for services that they did not receive? Why would Cigna want more internal paperwork that accompanies taking funds that they will inevitably have to return. According to Cigna, their "system" cannot prorate. Now let's take a second to think about this... it's 2017. We do everything online and on our phones. YET Cigna cannot manage to mathematically prorate a bill. Their "computers" cannot do the math that is required to prorate. Premium divided by days in the month (in this case 31), multiply the answer by the 5 days I had coverage = what I owe for 5 days. There. I have done it for you, Cigna - not keeping me healthy.
I went to a Cigna clinic. They referred me to another doctor. They did not tell me the referral was "out of network". Then when I appealed because it was Cigna who sent me to the out of network provider, they denied my claim. They completely ignored my written appeal and simply said that it was denied because I went out of network.
This is the worst company I ever dealt with. I canceled my insurance by calling their phone number. But these guys kept on charging my checking account. I called customer service to get refund. They said, "Send us written request." I sent it. Waited for month or so. Then again I call. They said they did not get it. Again I call. They said they don't have record I ever canceled. Finally I demanded that my call be played and reviewed. They reviewed and confirmed I called to cancel but still refused to issue refund. Finally I file a complaint with Texas Insurance and someone named Leslie ** contacts me months after that by email and tells me that they will issue the refund.
Months pass but no refund. I contact them again. Finally some named **, Danielle makes excuse that they don't have my correct bank information to do refund. My question is how the heck did you send me partial refund then... It is over a year and still have not got majority of my refund. All in all wasted 30-40 hours with these guys and they absolutely refused to compensate me for all that time I spend to correct their own mistake.
I have had nothing but a headache dealing with this company. First, I was out on short term disability for debilitating mother migraines, seizures (witnessed by my PCP) end up in the hospital for questionable stroke. CT scan results "evidence of blood by product breakdown" but no acute bleeding. I was told I had a TIA and should not be having any issues as a result. The neurologist called in a psychiatrist who said I had a conversion disorder after a 5 minute conversation and English as a second language. This was September of 2016. I continue to have shakiness, drag my right foot when I walk, horrible migraines, vision problems in my left eye, seizures (after a video EEG told I do not have epilepsy), short- term memory issues, skin rashes, mispronounce words or can't think of words, total exhaustion and chronic pain. My PCP is the one who wrote me out of work until Dec 2017.
After 8 weeks of calls, begging, and crying I was finally approved for short term. Every 3 weeks I would have to send in MD notes from dry visits for it to be approved for another three weeks... three weeks later I'm having to send more notes. And they never get the Dr notes without you calling them 3-4 times a week before they miraculously appear. This went on the whole time I was on short term. It's out and now we are trying to transition to long term. I just thought short term was a mess!!!! I have been out of short term since April 18th... still waiting on approval. I had a rheumatologist appointment three weeks ago, a neurologist appointment yesterday, an MRI tomorrow and an endocrinologist appointment June 5th. Follow up with rheumatology on June 13th.
After numerous phone calls and being told the rheumatologist did not send requested records, case worker tells me they did get the notes from the MD physical assessment but could not approve it because it's subjective data. They need lab work (which I had done that shows a positive ANA) and tests plus notes from all the other DRs appointments before they have "justification". I told her that I had an MRI scheduled for tomorrow and she said she'd request those notes from the rheumatologist office. OMG are you freaking kidding me!?!?
In the meantime I'm in a recovery program to keep from going into foreclosure and losing my house, my husband just finished chemo treatments for colon cancer. My PCP originally wrote me out until Dec 2017 and they are completely disregarding her notes but made me apply for disability through social security. My PCP thought I had Lupus but we will see when I have my follow up with rheumatologist.
In the meantime my bills keep coming with no money coming in... I've held down a job since the age of 17. I would give this company ZERO stars but I couldn't. I'm probably gonna get approved through SS disability before this company. If the Dr assessment is subjective then why do we use their testimony in court? Cigna needs to be put out of business.
They do not discount anything, a waste of time and money. I pay them monthly for nothing! My daughter has been seeing a therapist, they denied the coverage, which doesn't discount the visits anyway. Never again will I be with Cigna.
My company just changed health care coverage to Cigna. Boy it stinks! I had Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield last year. I have 5 RX scripts that are ALL generic. Last year the total 5 scripts (for a 3 months coverage) was $42... This year with Cigna $168!!! WT_F... I can't believe it. I asked the pharmacist if I was getting non-generic and she said... Nope! They are all generic. I was shocked. She said... Yeaaa she couldn't understand the higher cost. That is a 300% increase!! and I'm paying 40% more for my coverage (think the company is keeping the increase). OK... I will pay the 40% increase, but the 300% more for RX cost on top of that is ridiculous! Cigna sucks!
I was not aware insurance carriers had complete and final decision-making power for determining what treatment options are appropriate for specific health conditions. I was naive in thinking that was the role of my doctor(s). Cigna Healthcare has denied coverage for me to receive a surgery that has been recommended by several different doctors and specialists. I am left with no other options but to continue to suffer through excruciating pain from a problem that has left me unable to work, sleep, or enjoy the simplest aspects of everyday life. Why do I pay $1,200 per month for healthcare that is denied to me by the insurer?
Cigna's disaster of a website ultimately gave me a number to call for sales for dental plans for small business - 818-500-6262; you're prompted to press "8" for sales. What you get is voice mail. (It should say "Sorry, we're too cheap to hire a receptionist so you can speak to a human, but you can leave a message that we'll ignore.") Two days later, no response, so I call again - same voice message.
Their website offers another number under "contacts" if you have questions - 800-997-1654. You're prompted to say what you're calling about ("medical", "dental", etc.), so I say "dental." I end up with an overly-rehearsed person who couldn't help me with getting a quote, but said she'd put me through to someone who could. I end up talking with someone else who said she's in claims, but would try to find a sales department for me. I hung up - I'm done with this. I don't think they want anyone's business. And I don't want to even try to do business with a company that wants to fail - that would be foolish.
Cigna Health Insurance has to go -- they are a disgrace to the State of Delaware. Their customer staff is rude, offers no additional information and is very "matter-of-fact." Additionally, you can call many times and get many different answers -- especially at open enrollment time. Many doctor who were once "in network" are now out of network because of the lack of patient concern and quality of medical care. As such, we as consumers are forced to select doctors out of network which puts more money in Cigna's pocketbook.
I recently injured some discs in my lower back and have been going to a Spinal Rehabilitation Center. Unfortunately, it has recently dropped Aetna and I was forced to pay upfront for my care. You see Cigna doesn't consider "chiropractic services" as medical care -- what an insult to the profession! So when calling they indicate that they have a separate department for these services which aren't considered medical!! I have paid a large amount of money up front to get these services (xrays, pt, and adjustment) which are genuinely helping.
To date my doctor has submitted documentation starting 28 days ago and today, after getting two different answers, discovered that they haven't even been processed because they have sent them to their "pricing" group -- yet I continue to pay healthcare premiums to them and in addition I have paid in advance for the MEDICAL services I am being provided. Today I was told that it can take up to 30 days for them to decide what pricing is "customary" -- yeah, yeah, I've heard that before. When getting pre-approval for these services I was asked what "zip code" my doctor was in -- and I knew where that question was going -- the more claims in that zip code, the less amount Cigna pays.
You see they have an independent company decide what they should pay for these type of services -- and this is the same company that decides whether after FIVE (5) yes five visits you should be cured!!!! Yes, they would rather you have 5 visits and then down the road have back surgery -- which they will probably deny--because you were told 5 was plenty to heal your back. This is so sad and I felt I had to write this commentary. I am fortunate to have healthcare through work, but it is still expensive and I have never had such a horrible experience with another health insurance company.
We switched to Cigna two years ago and it has been a living hell trying to get them to pay anything that is not the normal "preventative care" procedure. All of you from Delaware stay away from Cigna. We need consumers to speak up and declare what an atrocity this health insurance this health care provider represents. When we pay for health care out of our pockets, we should be given the respect and dignity we deserve regardless of the "medical" condition we are experiencing.
It's because of insurance companies representative of the likes of Cigna that many of our great doctors are leaving medical practice or going to the "concierge" method. Insurance companies need to stop playing Judge and Jury on our medical conditions and leaving those decisions to the individuals who have dedicated their lives to healing.
Unfortunately this is the insurance works provide so there is no choice as to whom I can have as a insurance provider. I can, however, write a bad review on the WORST insurance and keep others from choosing this insurance. I have a $3000 deductible/out of pocket each year. Each year I get enough FSA money to cover this amount so that I don't have to take out lump sum amounts to pay pharmacy or medical providers. My coverage through work, allows pharmacy, dental and medical claims to go towards our deductible and out of pocket. Well Cigna in error processes my pharmacy claims incorrectly, therefore, showing that I've exhausted all my FSA and still having a remaining balance of $254 that I'm responsible for.
I called 4/15/17 to try to straighten this mess and was told that it would take 10 to 15 business days to resolve this matter. Here it is 5/2/17 (12 business days but I'm desperately needing to fill my prescriptions) and was told that they have not even looked at the claim. FRUSTRATING to say the least when they screwed up and it takes them so long to correct their mistake. I'm appalled how the government even allows insurance companies to handle our lives as we don't matter. This is the reason why so many of us are fed up with the health insurance industry. So my advice for anyone considering doing business with this company is to take your health serious and look elsewhere. I know there are no perfect insurance companies but at least I never had issues with Blue Cross or United Healthcare back in the days. I wish to God my job gave us choices but unfortunately I don't have the option.
My family and I joined CIGNA earlier this year. My previous primary care doctor at Vanderbilt wouldn't take CIGNA so he dropped me. I have now called 3 primary care physicians in Nashville and NONE of them accepts new patients on CIGNA Connect! I'm now shopping for a new insurance company. BYE-BYE CIGNA.
I would have given Cigna less than 1 star but this site would not allow me to go lower. Cigna dropped my doctor without telling us while my wife was pregnant. So we owed 7 months of doctors visits that were not covered. After my son was born, the Colorado market place shows him as insured but Cigna refuses to cover him. We have spent $3600 no top of co pays and monthly insurance payments. My son is currently 2 months past due on his shots because Cigna refuses to pay medical bills or send us new ID cards. I strongly encourage everyone to stay clear of Cigna. I would have spent less money this year if I would have had no insurance at all. There is no point in calling Cigna. We spent 4 hours on the phone and they have no intentions of trying to help at all.
Last November I was advised by my doctor to go out on Short term Disability and seek psychiatric attention for severe depressive disorder and anxiety. It took me almost a month to get a Short Term Disability payout. I have since spent a week in a behavioral health center, as well as intensive outpatient therapy. However, Cigna keeps requesting more documentation, and even after submitting paperwork from my PCP and psychiatric PA, all I ever get is "under review". My power is about to be shut off, and in 2 more weeks I will be homeless. I finally reached my representative (after 5 months) who advised me a nurse had been trying to call me. However, my smartphone does not have a record of this. Hopefully I can get a check sent out in time to keep my rent and power current. I am getting ready to retire, will definitely not choose Cigna as my provider.
I am currently on hold. Apparently they can not find me but yet they are taking money out of my bank account every month. I am on CRS/Supervisor #8 and 2 hours of my time!!! Either you get people that do not understand English and (last time I checked I live in the U.S.A. and a Veteran too). All I want to do is get my address correct and get a friggin ID card! You would think I was asking for their lives. I am ready to just cancel to insurance and take my business somewhere else. My dog could do a better job I believe. I would NOT recommend these people to anyone. You could die waiting to get answers. This is a whole new meaning of idiots on parade. Well Cigna off to do a complaint to the BBB and cancel my policy.
I'm having to get chemo treatments which causes ulcers in my mouth. Prescription is for magic mouthwash. Cigna covered it the 1st time, but would not this time because 1 of the ingredients is over the counter. There is a big difference in cost, and with me not working, I guess I will have to suffer with the pain.
Joseph BurnsHealth Insurance Contributing Editor
An independent journalist, Joseph Burns is the health insurance topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists and contributes to AHCJ’s Covering Health blog. He has also written about health policy and the business of health care for a wide variety of publications, including Healthcare Finance News, Hospitals & Health Networks, Managed Care magazine, Ophthalmology Management, TaxACT.com, and The Dark Report.
Cigna is a worldwide health insurance organization that covers individuals, families and employers. It has been in business for over 30 years.
- Well-established company: Cigna is one of the best-known health insurance companies in the United States.
- Large network of physicians: Cigna has more than 500,000 physicians and more than 8,000 hospitals in its network.
- Low-cost coverage: Consumers can choose among a variety of plans, including low-cost offerings.
- Supplemental insurance: While Cigna has dentists and vision specialists in its network, adding coverage for these services is not easy.
- Plan options: Cigna offers a variety of Medicare Advantage plans.
- Best for Students
Compare Health Insurance
Cigna Health Insurance Company Profile
- Company Name: