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When I signed up for this plan through an agent, I was told I had to have the payments deducted automatically from my bank account. After a year I switched to a Medicare advantage plan, having been told by Medicare that enrolling in a new plan meant being taken off the old one. I was shocked to find, in my Jan bank statement, that United American deducted payment for January ($309). I called them the next day and finally spoke to someone after a 45 minute wait! I told them I was on another policy and demanded a refund. Fortunately, I called my bank and told them not to allow any more deductions. The next week I received a bill from United American - for February.
I have had a life insurance policy on my mom for 13.5 years with United American. While waiting for the death certificate for my mom to be issued, I called United American Insurance to find out what they needed from me. I was told @ that time that it takes approximately 15 days to process a death benefit claim. I sent the requested documents on 10-18 via PRIORITY mail. I was under the misguided notion when your client sends something to you Priority it goes to the top of the pile. I got over that. I called to check the status of my claim on 11-04 & spoke to Ebony. She told me that claims take up to 3 wks to process but that she would check the status & return my call. She did not. I called her back, that is when I found that my documents were 'received' 10-24.
I called to check the status of my claim a few times during the week of 11-07 & everyone says up to 3 wks to process a claim. One person even put me back in the queue of calls. On 11-10, Marduk acted as if she was doing me a favor by taking my call & not hanging up on me. On 11-11 I called & asked for a supervisor. Shantrell told me that all of the supervisors were in a meeting all day. She asked for my contact information so that someone would call me later. I asked the name of the supervisor that would be returning my call, she told me Kim. Kim did not call. 11-14 would be 3 wks, by their count.
I called 11-17, to find out the status of my claim. I cannot express how undone I am when Renee` informs me that it is being processed 'accordingly'. I asked according to what!? She informed me that it is being processed 'accordingly'. 11-18 I called & asked for a supervisor, Justin would like to know the details so that he can let the supervisor know. I gave him the details, but he doesn't have clearance to view my policy. He speaks with a team lead, & whomever he was speaking with doesn't have clearance either. Oh! And all the supervisors are in a meeting all day, but he will send an urgent email so that I will be priority.
I asked him the name of the supervisor that would be returning my call, he says Kim **. She did not return my call. 11-21 I called & asked for the superior of Kim **. LaSheema would like to know the details. I am hesitant to go through this again with someone who doesn't have any authority, but I do. Again I am told that it takes up to 3 wks. I inform her that it is PAST 3 wks & again I ask for a superior. She told me that Kim was not in the office 11-18. I told her that is not what I was told, & again I ask for a superior. She transferred me to someone's vm. I left a msg & I said that I would be contacting the NC Dept. of Insurance, that I wanted the check sent to me via next day air.
This company has made the death of my mom more traumatizing than what it already was. They take their payments like clockwork, why is it this difficult to get death benefits? What makes this more difficult is I posted ALL of this last night on their FB page & shared it on my page. Not 10 minutes later, they commented, apologizing & wanted my contact information so that they could reach out to me. I thought to make things right. Nope, this morning they deleted the posts & all comments.
Reading these horror stories made me realize just how lucky I was. I was scammed out of $30,000 in premiums from 2010 through 2013 and learned when I had back trouble that their policy was totally worthless. When Obamacare came in in 2014 I quickly dumped these crooks and bought a Blue Cross Gold Policy. The next year I turned 65 and bought a Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage Policy. Just last month I was hospitalized 7 days for pneumonia. My Medicare Advantage Plan has a yearly out of pocket cost limit of $3500. I shudder to think what I would have owed had this happened just 3 years before. UA are nothing but thieving crooks.
I needed pain medication for surgery and post surgical. This company denied coverage as medically not necessary. Both my surgeon and my regular doctor appealed as I was in great pain from lumbar surgery. They called with a ridiculous password ID system while I was on my recovery bed in great pain. When I finally got the info they needed their message was they were declining my appeals as the RX for pain medication they claimed was not necessary and not covered.
United American thus knew more about my condition and what I needed that my surgeon and medical team taking care of me. I could not afford the medication without insurance so I had to go without it. This is a rotten, stinking company. Do not use them for your Plan D coverage as they will screw you in your time of need just as they screwed me. Open Enrollment is around the corner and you can bet I will dump them ASAP. They are horrible.
I recently had to change drug plans so I contacted Medicare and the representative helped me find a comparable nationwide plan which would cover my medications in all states. Well I get a letter stating that I should find a replacement medication for the medicine ** XR Caps. I am aware that this medication is usually prescribed to children and/or with ADD/ADHD. I have Multiple Sclerosis and my one debilitating symptom is fatigue. I have already tried several other drugs to combat this symptom and many were antidepressants that made me so sleepy that I would sleep the day away or I looked like a doped up zombie. I also tried ** and it worked until it messed up my stomach so bad, my doctor discontinued it for me. It didn't make sense that it did nothing for the fatigue except to say, I could not sleep when I needed to.
So going thru more 'step therapy' is not the answer for me since I have been experimented on enough at this point. I have been on the generic form of ** for at least 7 years and it is noted in my medical records so why not request them instead of making me jump through the same exact hoops again. I'm also aware that this is a highly sought after drug of pill poppers on the street across the nation, though I am not abusing my meds. I do not tell anyone what I take for fear it would be stolen. With that said, it is always hidden and not kept out of its hiding place.
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I have had insurance through United American since 2008 which means that I have paid them at least $15,000. I have never had any major surgeries until April and May 2015. The one surgery alone costs $20,765 and it shows that United American will only pay $3000. In my opinion, that is definitely a rip off considering how long I have been with this company and the amount that I have paid. I will definitely be looking for a new insurance company. It's pretty sad that there are so many bad reviews and this place is still in business.
My wife has not yet received the check. Been over two months and is getting nowhere with the people she calls.
2013 - signed up with UA for 2014 Part D. All was fine. Fall 2104 signed up for a new UA plan. Trusted UA to coordinate with Social Security to deduct from my SS check and pay UA. Failed to happen. I paid Jan and Feb. out of pocket. Learned today (4/28/15) that SS had paid then took money back from UA for those two months. I kept getting reassurance from US/customer service that SS would pick up payments, not to worry, but then would receive letters of non-payment. UA was unclear from the get-go about the process and failed to help get things squared with SS. I was just told by their Resolution specialist that I owe them for an unpaid month. The saga with UA is time consuming and totally inefficient. Did SS fail or UA? UA claims that they have no responsibility to resolve issues with SS and specifically to demand payment. I have not had any previous problems with SS. I will change insurers this coming Fall.
I purchased their Medigap insurance policy. After purchasing, I was informed that it would cost an additional $6.95 to have them do the "crossover" with Medicare or I would have to file all claims myself. I have had Medigap insurance for many years and this is the first time I was charged to have the claims processed. I'll be leaving United American as soon as I can. Real rip off artists. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Signed up after going over costs, formulary etc. Was denied a medication that I had been getting for over 10 years. Called customer service (45 minutes on hold) and was told that it was taken care of and the medication was approved. This turned out to be a lie. What followed was a barrage of robo calls from UA that required an input of Medicare #, AU account #, and date of birth.
What followed was the info that the medication was denied. I also received 8 letters from CVS Caremark telling me the same thing (this took place in the space of 4 days). When I called customer service to inquire as to why my bill due 3/1 had not yet arrived as of 2/26 the agent said the billing period was for 2/10 and it could take up to 14 days to generate. Anyone on Medicare knows it begins on the first day of the month of your 65th birthday. I can't wait for 1/16.
In October I signed up for Medicare part D. After a in-depth review of the formulary drugs covered on each plan the government website stated that United American Prescription would be the best choice. I enrolled and thus far every script I have had filled has resulted in a formal letter stating that drug which is generic is no longer on the formulary list. More recently, I was informed by my pharmacy that I did not have any prescription coverage. After again contacting the company I was told that I was given new group and bin numbers. It had changed names to CVS /Caremark. This seems illegal and I do not know how formulary drugs can be removed monthly from the list.
Rx Problem 1: I switched my Part D coverage from Blue Shield to United America as of 1/1/15 based on premium and drugs costs on the medicare.gov website. One of my drugs was listed as $3 for a 30 day supply at a local retail pharmacy with United American. This is what I paid under my previous plan. When I picked up the Rx, the cost was $24.51. When I accessed the website of UA, the drug was listed as $24.51, not $3. I was told by my pharmacy to clarify this directly with UA. I have placed a call to them and I have now been on hold for 45 minutes.
Rx Problem #2: My doctor changed the dosage of a generic drug I have taken for years. It was submitted to CVS Caremark, the mail order pharmacy for UA. When I received the Rx, I received the brand drug and not my usual generic. In addition, I was charged $14.61 for a prescription for which I used to pay $0. I emailed Caremark and received an automated reply that it was the policy to use substitute this brand name drug when the generic drug on my Rx was prescribed.
Naturally, I was perplexed because I had been prescribed a generic. So I spent more than an hour on the phone with Caremark. The rep explained that UA's policy is to substitute Rx's with a generic equivalent drug and that in this case, the generic equivalent is the brand drug! This seems unethical to me. When I complained, Caremark didn't bat an eye and said they would fill the Rx with what was actually prescribed (generic) and would send me a mailer to return any unused pills of the brand name drug. When they received the mailer, they would issue a refund. I am so upset that I have to deal with this company for a year and will examine every Rx transaction very carefully. I cannot warn you enough to research plans prior to subscribing. I leaned my lesson. Jan 2016 can't come soon enough.
I have tried to get information about policy benefits that were not addressed in the booklet. Four times I have waited on the telephone line for over half an hour and get nothing except that monotonous message saying I will be helped momentarily. Is there really people working at the end of these phone lines? Such poor service if you need a question answered. Can't wait to switch! I also want to question the premium taken out of the bank account, which is much higher than what the online chart says it should be. Sure would like some help with these questions.
Gave them my drug list and they said they covered them. They took out their monthly fee and when I went to get my prescriptions, SURPRISE. "We don't cover that." Claimed it was a new policy even though I had just joined days prior. Then when I want to cancel it, get the run-around. "We have to mail you a form" which takes a week for me to get. Then I fax it back and a week later, they call and say it is unreadable. Fax again and told it takes 3 days to receive a fax. Call back 3 days later and, "we can't find it." Ask to speak to someone in charge. Well only 1 person in that department can help me, they are not in and have no boss. No direct # to that department and I can't be transferred. They are a scam!!!!
They took extra money $4.00 a month out of my checking account. When I got this life insurance policy it was supposed to be for $5,000. When I received the policy it was for $3500. I should have realized it was a bad deal then. This bunch of legal thieves out to be in jail. DON'T USE THIS CO. They will get you.
They promised no donut hole gap in 2014 when they raised the prices last year. Boy did they lie. Spiriva went from $35 in March to $140 in April And Percoset went from $12 to $80 in one month. Try to talk to them is Insane.
Does the term Bait and Switch mean anything to you? Remember Jim Carrey In Liar Liar? Is it a training issue, is it a scripting issue? If an anal, cranial-ectomy was possible I would schedule one for the entire executive board and senior management team of this company. How can you do so much wrong to so many good people. SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR CEO. Its time for a customer satisfaction survey and ask for real feedback on your opportunities for improvement. Make sure it's postage paid. You are raping and pillaging your customer base. They will not be able to afford the stamp to return it to you. Listen to your customers before the population learns how you operate and the downsizing of your company begins and you are bought out by a private equity group who will break you up and sell you off like crickets for snakes.
I'm reading the same type of complaints about United American over and over. I have had the same problem in getting for one of my providers. The tactics that United American uses to delay payment are repetitive. Always asking for either different paperwork, or resubmission of the paperwork that has already been submitted. They illegally cancelled my Medigap policy last year. My written contract gives two ways that my policy can be cancelled, either by non-payment of the premium or by a WRITTEN notice from me. When I realized that I hadn't received my monthly bill, I called only to be told that I had cancelled my policy.
They never gave me a real reason for the cancellation. They did tell me that I had CALLED them three weeks earlier and cancelled my policy, which was a complete fallacy. They have told me that if I want my providers to be paid in a timely manner that I must pay a "crossover" fee of $6.95 a month to coordinate benefits with Medicare. They can't send me an application in a written format, but they will take my money over the phone if I give them an account to charge it to.
I have contacted my State Representative’s office via email and they are now doing a Congressional Inquiry into United American's business practices. I urge everyone who has had or who is having problems with United American Insurance Company to contact their State Representative so that this company can be exposed and either fined, or put out of business. They haven't had any problems cashing the checks I send in every month. They just have a problem with paying for the services even when every piece of "proper" paperwork has been sent in.
It's my opinion that they illegally cancelled my policy last year because I actually use my health insurance benefits. If I hadn't been paying attention to my monthly bills, they would have been able to get away with a legal cancellation because my premium would have gone unpaid beyond the "30 day grace period". They were ever so kind to offer to take my banking information and take my monthly premiums from my bank. Did I trust them to take automatic payments on a monthly basis? Absolutely NOT. This is a non-trustworthy bordering on scamming company. Policy holders - BEWARE!
There was a very nice lady that helped when I signed up. Now that I have a question I called that same number, it was the enrollment group only. I asked her for the number of the area to call for a new card and prices on medications. She spent several minutes looking for all the numbers, she gave me the number for Medicare as she has no way to guide members if they call that number. What a poor impression they create by not having a number to reach someone, even the message machine did not say the name of the company, they assumed I had a 3-digit extension number. I am writing this up for their benefit, pull yourself together. You're on Eastern Time, we on the West Coast are not, do you think you could afford to keep some staff later for the PST. People, provide your sellers with enough data to make your company sound creditable.
My mom passed away in March 2013. She had paid her insurance premium since 1964 and when I filed a claim to pay for her funeral, United Insurance Company of America sent me death claim claimant's statement. I filled out the death claim and sent it back to them and they keep sending me the same death claim paperwork to fill out again. I have called them several times and each person tells me something different. And they refused to pay. My mom had paid her insurance premium for fifty years and they have given us the runaround. I would never use this company.
My dad paid premiums to United American for 23 years and happened to spend his final 38 days in a long term care facility. They filed a claim for benefits. When nothing was paid, my mother followed up with United American who said they had never received the claim. She went to the Long Term Care facility, got a copy of the claim and all attendant documents, and mailed them certified to United American.
After 3 weeks, she called to inquire about the status of the claim, and they said they had not received the second package. She had confirmation that the USPO had delivered it. The agent then said that it was required that the mailing be done by the Long Term Care facility, so the certified receipt was meaningless. This sounds like the runaround to me. This claim is paltry in relation to all of the premiums paid over the years. I would never, never buy insurance from United American!!!
When I was looking for a new health insurance policy, their lying salesman kept contacting me and finally convinced me to sign up for it. I should have read the fine print, I know. For the past three years, I've paid them $30,000 in premiums. I finally had the occasion to use it for a series of steroid injections for herniated disks in the lower back. That's when I found out that this policy is essentially worthless. They don't pay squat for anything! A measly $25 on an anaesthetist's bill of $600, and they pay a fraction of the costs for tests. My back doctor said the course of treatment involves three shots, but they will only pay for one "surgical procedure" for the same condition. These people should not be allowed to sell insurance. Avoid them like the plague...Total ripoff!
I spoke with a young lady over a year ago and told her to quit drafting my bank account for the premiums because I had lost the policy, and had no use for it. Guess what? You keep drafting it. Will you not listen? How do I get you to stop it? Can I get the money - any of my money back?
This company has an automated telephone caller. They call me daily about Medigap insurance, and I am 48 years old! You would think they would be more careful about the DNC list.
Medicare Gap Insurance - I made application through an agent. He directed me into UA and my wife to AARP. Checks were written to cover both. She got her insurance and I got not one, but two runaround way after the open enrollment period that my insurance was declined due to a quality control interview was not done. Reason: They could not reach me. My phone has a list a mile long with all incoming calls. They did not call. I called them and did the interview as required. As of today, I still do not have coverage and the letter states that no refund is due. Two days later, I got a letter from part D saying that things changed and some of my drugs are not on their list, and I should make other arrangements to get them. Yes, I pay for this as well. What a ripoff.
I returned to Scotland on January 24, 2011. When I received a notice from SS that my SS payment would be direct deposited into my Scottish bank, I was very surprised to learn that $53.83 was being deducted for Part D payments, since United American had cancelled my policy on November 1, 2010.
For the past year, I have spoken to UA, SS, and Medicare and been passed from pillar to post. And just last week, I was told that I would again have to contact UA to appeal the fact that I "could not receive the monies erroneously taken." When I cancelled the SS payments, I told them I was leaving the country, but no one told me that Part D was separate from all other coverage. I am a 69-year-old woman with diabetes and the ensuing problems resulting from that. I need that money returned to me. Thank you.
I already had a health policy from Blue Cross, but I had a $10,000.00 deductible. When my husband was looking into a medigap policy, the agent asked me about who I was covered by. When I told him, he said that I was going to be in a lot of debt. If I ever went in the hospital, he had me so worked up that he convinced me I needed a second policy to cover all the things that Blue Cross didn't. He told me I would never have to come out of my pocket for anything. The policy he sold me on March 6, 2007 for $ 257.95 a month was paid on up until this week (3-1-2012), when I canceled the policy because it didn't cover anything when I needed it - I have not ever used this coverage. I recently had problems with pain in my abdomen and I had to undergo several tests, which none were covered, so much for anything Blue Cross didn't cover. I am now in $50,000.00 worth of debt now. How can this happen?
My complaint is that for some reason we have been getting calls from United American Insurance at our home. We are on the "do not call list" and I had never even heard of them so I have no idea how they got our number. It's a pre-recorded message that's getting left on our answering machine.
I have submitted complaints four times now concerning problems with United American Insurance Company, including misrepresentation by local branch manager and his superiors. The full documentation is below and the incident is now fifteen months ongoing. The latest two events I have initiated is contact with the Texas Department of Insurance which would not address my concerns, but referred them back to Georgia. Georgia Department of Insurance has not addressed any of the state insurance law violations I have reported. Then on January 12th 2011, I wrote a long letter to newly elected Attorney General, Sam ** whose duties include, among others, serving as the attorney and legal advisor for all state agencies, departments, authorities and the Governor. And providing opinions on legal questions concerning the State of Georgia or its agencies, which are binding on all state agencies and departments. My letter was answered by Assistant Attorney General, Jeffrey ** who is not going to address my concerns.
After a conversation with a federal judge I know, it appears that the only way my issues and the hundreds of others, who have complained to consumer affairs, will only be resolved with a huge, multi-million dollar class action lawsuit again United American. I would love to see this done.
For nearly a year, I have dealt with a branch manager who mislead me into applying for Med Sup Policy promising a certain issue date to avoid having to pay a months premium with employer plan costing me over $500.00; a VP who scheduled a visit with me and did not show; a paralegal who promised on a recorded 3-way phone call with Ga Insurance Department representative to pay benefits during Jan 1-20th, 2010 if I would agree to change issue date from Jan 1 to Jan 20th, but now refuses claims on those 20 days; and state insurance office that sides with company instead of me, the consumer.
It's important to watch this company before buying. I have learned that there is a VP who is not man enough to keep an appointment or reply to a letter I sent certified mail; a paralegal who is not lady enough to keep promises and who lies; a branch manager who is not ethical and honest enough to obey state insurance laws; and a state insurance department that is not fair enough to fulfill consumer protection from dishonest companies or enforce laws governing agent activity. I think this case deserves major media attention and possible lawsuit. Damage resulted to $800.00 plus unpaid claims.
I have submitted complaints four times now concerning problems with United American Insurance Company including misrepresentation by local branch manager and his superiors. The full documentation is below. The incident is now 15 months ongoing.
The latest two events I have initiated is contact with the Texas Dept. of Insurance which would not address my concerns, but referred them back to Georgia. Georgia Department of Insurance has not addressed any of the state insurance law violations I have reported. Then on January 12, 2011, I wrote a long letter to newly elected Attorney General Sam ** whose duties include, among others: 1) Serving as the attorney and legal adviser for all state agencies, departments, authorities and the Governor. 2) Providing opinions on legal questions concerning the State of Georgia or its agencies, which are binding on all state agencies and departments.
My letter was answered by Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey ** who is not going to address my concerns. After a conversation with a federal judge I know, it appears the only way my issues and the hundreds of others who have complained to consumer affairs will only be resolved with a huge, multimillion dollar class action law suit against United American. I would love to see this done.
Incident = For nearly a year I have dealt with a Branch Manager who mislead me into applying for Med Sup policy, promising a certain issue date to avoid having to pay a months premium with employer plan costing me over $500.00. A VP who scheduled a visit with me did not show, a paralegal who promised on a recorded 3-way phone call with Ga Insurance Dept. representative to pay benefits during Jan 1-20, 2010 if I would agree to change issue date from Jan 1 to Jan 20, but now refuses claims those 20 days, and state insurance office that sides with company instead of me, the consumer.
It's important to watch this company before buying. I have learned that there is a V. P. who is not man enough to keep an appointment or reply to a letter I sent certified mail. A paralegal who is not lady enough to keep promises and who lies. A branch manager who is not ethical and honest enough to obey state insurance laws. And a state insurance department that is not fair enough to fulfill consumer protection from dishonest companies or enforce laws governing agent activity.
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.
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