Frequently Asked Health Insurance Questions

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Below you will find the most frequently asked health insurance questions and their answers.  If you have additional health insurance questions, please call one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives. 

What is the Accidental Medical Expense (AME) rider?

The Accident Medical Expense rider provides benefits for injury due to a covered accident. AME benefits are administered per injury/accident, instead of per calendar year. After AME benefits are paid, your annual health insurance deductible, coinsurance and emergency room copayment (if appropriate) will apply.

What is the Doctor's Office Copayment (DOC) option?
The Doctor's Office Copayment Option is an optional benefit that provides 100% coverage for all covered reasonable and customary charges for an office visit to any physician after a copayment. Copayments do not apply toward satisfying the deductible or out-of-pocket maximums.

What is a Maternity rider?
A Maternity rider is an amendment to a medical policy that provides coverage for normal childbirth.

Who is CVS Caremark?
CVS Caremark is the vendor Assurant Health uses to process your prescription drug claims. In other words, they are an outside company we contract with to administer your prescription drug benefits on our behalf.

How do I use my CVS Caremark Prescription ID card?
Each time you fill a prescription, present your ID card at a participating CVS Caremark pharmacy. To locate a participating pharmacy, simply contact CVS Caremark at the number on your prescription ID card, or visit http://www.caremark.com/.  Once you satisfy your annual deductible, you pay the copayment specified on your drug card. After applying any discounts, deductibles, or copayments, the pharmacy will submit your claim electronically.

Am I covered when I go out of the United States?
Unless specifically excluded by your contract, you are covered for the benefits listed in your health insurance policy. All health insurance policy provisions apply, including medical necessity and reasonable and customary.

What is a Special Exception Rider (SER)?
A Special Exception Rider excludes health insurance coverage for a specific medical condition for an individual family member. These riders are generally put on health insurance policies due to pre-existing conditions, and exclude benefits for any diagnostic services or treatment for that condition for the named family member.

What is a Special Class Premium (SCP)?
A Special Class Premium is an additional premium amount you pay for your health insurance policy due to a medical condition you might have (for instance, high blood pressure).

What is a non-smoker discount?
A non-smoker discount is a reduction in the health insurance premium amount for our policyholders who lead a healthier lifestyle by not using tobacco products.

What is a deductible?
A health insurance deductible is the amount of covered expense you must incur and pay each calendar year before we will pay for covered medical expenses. This is for each individual, each calendar year. Expenses that are not covered by your health insurance policy will not be applied to your deductible.

When does my calendar year deductible start over?
The calendar year begins January 1st and ends December 31st each year.

What is coinsurance?
Coinsurance (also known as Rate of Payment) is the percentage of covered expense you are responsible for after you have met your deductible. For example, if your coinsurance is 20% up to $5000, Assurant Health will pay benefits at 80% of covered expenses up to $5000. Then Assurant Health will pay 100% of your covered charges, up to the policy maximum. You are responsible for the 20% amount that Assurant Health does not pay.

What is a copayment?
A copayment is the amount you pay for each prescription drug or PPO physician office visit.

What is individual out-of-pocket expense?
Individual out-of-pocket expense is your deductible and coinsurance added together. In other words, it is the maximum you will have to pay — per person, per calendar year — in deductibles and coinsurance.

What is family out-of-pocket expense?
Family out-of-pocket expense is your deductible and coinsurance added together, for your whole family. In other words, it is the maximum you will have to pay per person, per calendar year, no matter how many members of your family need health insurance benefits.

What is reasonable and customary?
Reasonable and customary (R&C) is the dollar amount allowed for a particular service. The reasonable and customary amount for charges is determined by Assurant Health using your geographic area.

What do I do if my physician or hospital is billing me for the amount not covered as over the reasonable and customary amount?
There is a specific reasonable and customary amount allowed in your geographic area, and this is the amount allowed by your policy. Anything over the reasonable and customary amount would be your responsibility.

Who is Concentra Preferred Systems?
Assurant Health determines reasonable and customary amounts on facility (i.e., hospital) charges. If you wish to dispute a reasonable and customary amount allowed for a facility charge, please call them at the toll-free number listed on your EOB statement.

What is preauthorization?
Preauthorization is when we are notified in advance of a surgery or hospital stay, and is required for most policies. The requirements can differ from policy to policy, but the purpose of preauthorization is to determine if a hospitalization or surgery is medically necessary, and how many days of hospitalization are warranted. Your health insurance ID card shows the preauthorization telephone number, and a full listing of which services require preauthorization can be found in your health insurance policy. Please follow the preauthorization procedure in order to maximize your benefits.

What is a predetermination?
A predetermination of benefits is a written request for verification of benefits. We review these requests based on policy provisions, and send an explanation of your potential health insurance benefits. You may request a predetermination before your medical procedure, although a predetermination of benefits is generally not necessary.

Does my surgery/hospital stay need preauthorization?
In most cases, preauthorization is a requirement for services listed in your health insurance policy. Please review your health insurance policy for details.

How do I get my surgery/hospital stay preauthorized?
Your health insurance ID card shows the preauthorization telephone number, and a full listing of which services require preauthorization can be found in your health insurance policy. Please follow the preauthorization procedure in order to maximize your benefits.


How am I notified whether or not my surgery/hospital stay is preauthorized?
Your preauthorization vendor will send you a telegram that will explain if the procedure and/or hospital stay is approved or denied. If you are being hospitalized, the specific number of days approved will also be provided.

How long do I have to submit a bill/claim?
Please submit the claim as soon as you can. Assurant cannot consider any claim received more than 15 months after the date of service.

How do I get a claim form for my prescriptions?
Usually, the pharmacy will submit prescription claims for you. Otherwise, to order claim forms, simply contact the Assurant Health phone number located on your medical ID card or visit http://www.caremark.com/.

Where do I send claims?
Refer to the back of your health insurance ID card for claims submission information.

Can I fax in a claim?
Yes. Our fax number is (608) 741-4989.

How long does it take to process a claim?
The amount of time it takes to process a claim depends on the information submitted. In general, you should receive an Explanation of Benefits within 3-4 weeks. If additional information is required to process a claim, we will notify you, and the claim could take longer to process.

How do I appeal a claim denial?
If you believe your claim has been processed incorrectly, please contact our Customer Services Department. If you do not agree with the denial of a claim, please send an appeal in writing to Assurant Health, Correspondence Department, P.O. Box 624, Milwaukee, WI, 53201-0624. Note any extenuating details, include any documentation pertaining to the appeal, and keep a copy for your records.

My physical therapy/chiropractic claim was denied as maintenance care. What does that mean?
Maintenance care means that the care that you are receiving is no longer improving your medical condition.

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Network Questions

Below you will find the most frequently asked health insurance questions in regard to provider networks.  If you have additional health insurance questions about networks, please call one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives. 

What is the Network Option?

This option utilizes a network, which is comprised of a large number of participating hospitals and physicians. The providers in this network have agreed to reduce the amount they charge for services provided to our policyholders. Network availability may vary depending on the area in which you live.

Who is my vendor?
What is the name of my Network?
This information is printed on your health insurance ID card, along with a telephone number for you to contact the network vendor for your policy. Vendor contact information.

Which physicians and hospitals are members of my Network?
How can I find out if my physician is a member of my Network?
At the time you received your health insurance policy, you may have received a directory of physicians and hospitals in your network. If you would like an updated list, please contact your network vendor. You may also contact your provider's office and ask if the physician is a member of the network (listed on your ID card). Always verify whether your provider is a member of the network in order to maximize your health insurance benefits. Vendor contact information.

How can I get an updated Network directory?
Please contact your network vendor. Always verify whether your provider is a member of the network in order to maximize your health insurance benefits. Vendor contact information.

How do I contact my vendor?
A telephone number for your network vendor is printed on your health insurance ID card. Vendor contact information.

Why are my claims sent to the Network vendor first?
The network vendor determines the discounts that are applied to your bills, and then forwards them to Assurant Health.

My Network physician wasn't in the office. I saw the "on call" physician. Will this be paid as a Network claim?
If the physician you saw is a member of your network, we will consider the charges at the network rate of payment. If the physician you saw is not a member of your network, we will consider the charges at the non-participating provider rate of payment.

The clinic was a Network provider. Why wasn't the physician paid as a Network provider?
Each physician contracts individually with the network. If the physician you saw is not a member of your network, we will consider the charges at the non-participating provider rate of payment.

I was on vacation and had to see a physician. Will you pay my claim at the Network rate?
If the physician you saw is a member of your network, we will consider the charges at the network rate of payment. If the physician you saw is not a member of your network, we will consider the charges at the non-participating provider rate of payment.

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