Private insurers are wrongfully denying Medicare prescription drug claims
Written by Brian Beckcom
At our law firm, we take on insurance companies and big corporations every single day. We know the tactics they use to delay and deny legitimate injury claims. In fact, Vuk and I both worked for large law firms representing big companies and big insurance carriers before deciding we wanted to represent individuals and families against those very same corporate interests. Once we made that decision almost 20 years ago, we never looked back.
A recent study by a government watchdog group finds that private insurers are putting profits ahead of patient interests. The report was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General, which analyzed millions of rejected prescription requests.
According to the study, private insurers rejected 84 million prescription requests in 2017. According to the study, this could result in “physical or financial harm” to Medicare beneficiaries.
The study also found that many of the denials were inappropriate and resulted primarily from the insurers not explaining the complex Medicare rules to patients and doctors. (Think this was on purpose? I do).
More interesting, perhaps, was the fact that when patients appealed, 73% of the time, they won, which means the insurers were putting them through unnecessary time and expense most of the time.
In fact, sometimes, insurers will process a denial without even having all the relevant information, then they will take information they obtain at a later date and use that to support the denial, rather than honestly and objectively examining the evidence.
As I’ve written before, the insurance game is a rigged system, whether its health insurance, liability insurance, or prescription drug coverage. You pay good money for a product (insurance). Then when you try to use the product you paid for, the company selling it to you (the insurers) puts up roadblock after roadblock after roadblock to try to deny benefits that are rightly yours.
And when the insurance companies lose, they don’t face any real accountability, so they have an incentive to just keep doing the same thing again and again, to more and more patients and their families. After all, if it makes them more money, and they don’t have to face any real consequences for poor decisions, then the companies will continue to delay, distract, and deny claims. All in the name of making just a little more profit. And all at the expense of patients and doctors.