Re: Refund.

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Not impossible it could be refunds of things retrospectively determined to be free preventative services. But more likely idiosyncratic.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:19 PM
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I heard of somebody finding $5.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:22 PM
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Not impossible it could be refunds of things retrospectively determined to be free preventative services. But more likely idiosyncratic.

Agreed. Very unlikely to be ACA-related. But you're welcome and encouraged to tell all your friends about the $500 you got back because of Obamacare, because you can be assured that the right-wingers are attributing every bad experience they have with the healthcare system to the same cause.


Posted by: Kermit Roosevelt, Jr. | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:34 PM
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I magically got $50 back in premiums without ever even going to a doctor!


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:38 PM
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"Bank Doctor Error in Your Favor — Collect $200"


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:42 PM
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I think I will go on believing it's Obamacare. Thanks, Obamacare!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:46 PM
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I was feeling lousy yesterday, but I feel better today.

Thanks, Obamacare!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:48 PM
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I used to weight only 130 pounds, yet I had calves the size of cantaloupes, but today I'm all better. Thanks Obamacare.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:56 PM
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I am killing pesky flies with this flyswatter. Thanks, Obamacare!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:56 PM
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I had a totally lovely visit with the Family Bitch. Thanks, Obamacare!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:58 PM
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I got $20 from a clinic at least four months ago, maybe even more than six, but the only time I had been there was almost a year before that, so I'm pretty sure that's not Obamacare-related.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 1:58 PM
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11: Traitor!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 2:01 PM
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Well, my old theory on the clinic refunds was this: they were dragging their feet, waiting on the Supreme Court to overturn ACA, and then when it was upheld they had to retroactively send checks when they shouldn't have been charging co-pays and stuff. So that timeline could hold for 11.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 2:01 PM
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No more masturbating to Virginia Johnson (of Masters and Johnson fame).
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Posted by: Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq. | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 2:02 PM
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I am actually curious if anyone here has gotten a rebate on their health insurance thanks to the medical loss ratio rule. (It may have shown up as a credit against future premiums.)

I get my health insurance through this service provider that bargains on behalf of small businesses - they're listed as my employer on the W-2 - and suggested to the admin staff that they find out if any of those rebates were reaching us, but never heard anything.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 2:04 PM
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13: Is it completely opaque from the notices what services are being refunded for? I doubt an ear infection visit would count.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 2:05 PM
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14 - See! I told you there were Death Panels! It's Obamacare's fault!


Posted by: Opinionated Sarah Palin | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 2:05 PM
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16: They seem to all be over-charging errors in co-pays and deductibles. The clinic called me directly this morning, and there were two reimbursements - one for the doctor, one for the facility - and she first said that I shouldn't have been charged, because I'd met my deductible for the year, and second that I was charged the out-of-network rate by mistake. Thanks, Obamacare!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 2:11 PM
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15: I got about $70 back last month, as a matter of fact, from the medical thingy ratio.


Posted by: DonBoy | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 2:12 PM
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14: Indeed.

And as I mentioned there, in September, Showtime premiering a TV series based on their life.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 2:20 PM
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17: If you had a better decorator, you could have death wainscoting like me.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 2:27 PM
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retroactively send checks when they shouldn't have been charging co-pays and stuff

I tihnk you may have an overly optimistic assessment of the changes that Obamacare will require.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 5:18 PM
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15: I am actually curious if anyone here has gotten a rebate on their health insurance thanks to the medical loss ratio rule. (It may have shown up as a credit against future premiums.)

I saw a mysterious $300 credit on my premium back in March, with no explanation. I'd previously gotten a notice that they'd be calculating their medical loss ratio soon but that they were, or expected to be, within required parameters, so I just tossed the letter, figuring nothing would come of it.

I actually just logged into my account online to see if I could find some kind of explanation: nada.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 5:35 PM
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23: If it's an MLR rebate, it might have been in your local news.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 5:40 PM
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Going through my old mail and ran across the letter for the $50 mentioned above... Totally ObamaCare! "This letter is to inform you that you will receive a rebate of a portion of your health insurance premiums. This rebate is required by the Affordable Care Act - the health reform law."


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 6:07 PM
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24: I find this: neither of those situations is applicable to me. While I'm Small Group, I'm not in D.C. or Virginia. Also, that's dated July 2013, but the credit appeared in March.

Actually I think it was April. My paperwork system is so awesome that I can't find my statements/bills prior to May, though I find the 2012 stuff. I must have decided to put 2013 somewhere else, stupid me. Strangely, there is no place in my online account to view my billing and payment history. That's weird, right?


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 6:19 PM
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My doctor's office has overcharged me in the past, and then refunded the money. Once I think they charged me correctly, refunded money and sent me a bill. It's tricky, because I get my medical care at an academic medical center. The doctors belong to a group practice, but the hospital bills separately. I just pay one co-pay, but the processing gets complicated.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 6:40 PM
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Probably a mistake. My insurance is currently having fun with a hospital bill that's a mistake. I was at the hospital twice in one day with pre-term labor, and the hospital billed the wrong thing. Insurance bounced it back, and the hospital never sent me a bill, but then called to ask cheerfully if I'd like to pay the balance. I said 'no', and the nice girl from billing and I went through the claims and found the source of the error, and then conference-called with the insurance and then I got a letter that said in effect, "uh, we're working on it. everyone agrees that you don't pay anything until we figure this out."

So, probably not ACA-related. But you can get a breastpump!


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 8:41 PM
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Mampipe Breastpump would be an excellent name for an Unfogged commenter.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 07-26-13 4:11 AM
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News for you, parsimon.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 07-26-13 2:05 PM
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Thanks -- I heard news of this earlier today. Maryland is known to be proactive on this front, for which I'm very thankful. In my own case, the prohibition against discrimination for pre-existing conditions in Obamacare is key.

Thanks, Obamacare. Though we shall see, in the event.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 07-26-13 7:49 PM
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But you can get a breastpump!

Woo, the Obamapump!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-26-13 7:57 PM
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If Republicans manage to fuck all of this up, I shall be very pissed off. Their defunding efforts, including the sequester and attempts to extend budget cuts even further, are having serious effects. eg.

Facing major budget and staff cuts, federal officials are scaling back several high-profile health-care fraud and abuse investigations, including an audit of the state insurance exchanges that are set to open later this year as a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, which investigates Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse, is in the process of losing 400 staff members, about 20 percent of its workforce from its peak strength of 1,800 last year. About 200 will have departed by the end of the year, and the other 200 are slated to be gone by the end of 2015.

Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 07-26-13 8:39 PM
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32: We call it that, too!


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 07-26-13 8:45 PM
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My first single has dropped. Thanks again to all who voted and spread the word.

The song was recorded with some fellow singing improv students right after we finished our first 301 class session this past Wednesday. I asked for a suggestion of an animal, told our musician I'd like something soaring and anthemic, and away we went. The melody, words, moves, etc were all made up on the spot. My classmates are awesome.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-26-13 9:29 PM
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PS: I have no plans to quit my day job.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-26-13 9:31 PM
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Also, the piano player in the video starred as the Boy of Summer in tonight's show and was fantastic. It was so much fun to watch. I can't wait till I get my turn.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-26-13 9:33 PM
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5: I am actually curious if anyone here has gotten a rebate on their health insurance thanks to the medical loss ratio rule. (It may have shown up as a credit against future premiums.)

Just got a letter from my insurer today annnouncing that it will be rebating premiums per the medical loss ratio rule by Aug. 1. My employer, coincidentally(?) is going to change plans because premiums are rising.


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 07-27-13 9:51 AM
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