United Health Care / appeal process set up as impossible to file

P.O. Box 6106 Mailstop 124-0157 Cypress, CA 90630-9948, Cypress, United States
Contact information:
Phone: 800 950-9355

California Ins. Commission
To Whom It May Concern,
This is in response to United Health Care’s, Dec. 20, 2014 letter which I received Jan. 2, 2015.
I would like to file a complaint, for they have made it impossible to file into their appeals process:
1. The necessity for numerous MRI’s is because of doctor, surgeon’s error. 3 MRI’s to date. 4/2014, 11/27/13 and 11.24/14. Why should I have to pay because of the surgeon’s error?
2. I was not even notified of the co-pay until I was billed, 6-9 months after the MRI services where rendered. U.H.C. states you have to appeal within 60 days but if you do not know of the co pay till 6-9 months later, how are you to appeal?
3. I, only, recently, 12/2014, was notified by United Health Care that you have to appeal the services within 60 days of your medical provider, acknowledging the services, but U.H.C., also, notified me that I would have no acknowledgement of when that medical provider is acknowledging the services, so I would have NO WAY OF KNOWING WHEN THE MEDICAL PROVIDER ACKNOWLEDGES THE SERVICES. I have 60 days after medical provider acknowledges to U.H.C. of services but I am not notified when that is, so I can file an appeal, making the appeals process an impossible feat.
4. Since, I would have no way of knowing when the medical provider acknowledges the services, there is no way for me to know when the 60 days to appeal starts. Again, I am not even notified of a co pay until billed, by the medical provider 6-9 months after the services are rendered.
5. Example: I now had my 3rd MRI, 11/24/14. I immediately, after 11-24-14, MRI, appealed the co-pay (now that I know of the co pay) but United Health Care 12/2014 (see letter dated Dec. 20, 2014 & received Jan. 2, 2015) notified me that I cannot appeal the co pay until the medical provider acknowledges the services rendered but I will not know when that is. If I am not notified when the 60 day appeal time starts, then how can I appropriately appeal it within 60 days? In fact, I’m not notified until 6-9 months after the services rendered and only though billing.. The Appeals process is an impossible feat.
6. I have, already, appealed the 3rd MRI, 11-24-14, co pay but United Health Care refuses to accept my appeal. I am a Senior, I feel this is some sort of crazy making abuse upon the part of United Health Care.

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Thank you,
Rickie Hulsey
13342 Chestnut St.
Westminster, CA 92683
Untied Health Care
P.O. Box 6106
Cypress, CA 90630

Jan 3, 2015

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