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Lynee Youngberg, Vice President Combined Claims
Dealing with the aftermath of an illness or injury is both physical and financial. While you’re receiving treatment and getting healthy, you may incur new medical costs in addition to costs for childcare, hospital parking, and other “extras” associated with your healthcare incident. And your usual bills still need to get paid, too. What if you can’t work and lose income?
Cash benefits to the rescue
That’s why you have supplemental insurance, after all. Major medical insurance typically pays directly to providers. Supplemental policy benefits are paid directly to you—and you can use the cash however you see fit. The cash can be put toward meeting your insurance deductibles, buying groceries, or paying the babysitter.
So what does it take to get cash benefits into your hands without delay?
It’s in the details
At Combined Insurance, we know that claims need to be paid in a timely manner. That’s why we strive to pay covered claims within 5 business days after receipt of all documents necessary to pay the claim. In order to process claims quickly, we need specific information that you can help provide.
Here are some ways to keep the claims process moving:
Decide to start some of this work before the unexpected happens, so you’re ready to file your claim with complete and accurate information. Make sure you have your policy numbers written down and stored somewhere you can access them in a pinch.
Review your supplemental insurance policy and be sure you know exactly what’s covered. It’s a good idea to look at your major medical policy to gain a more comprehensive picture of your coverage.
Read through an actual claims form to make sure you understand what information you would need to provide should a payable claim occur.
When the unexpected happens
We all hope you won’t suffer a covered event, but if you do qualify to receive policy benefits you’ll be glad you took steps 1-3. Now you’re ready to file your claim.
Once you have itemized medical bills for hospitalizations, surgeries, etc. that clearly indicate dates of service as well as your name and address, you should be ready to go.
Be prepared to provide the following details for each claim:
You can file online, by phone, by mail or by fax. Regardless of your chosen method, give your complete name and current mailing address, because that’s where all payments and/or correspondence will be sent.
Sometimes additional details are needed to expedite the claim request, so be sure to sign and date the Authorization to Release Information on your claim form. Be sure to have your doctor complete the Attending Physician’s Statement and ask your employer to complete the Employer’s Statement, if you are claiming disability.
After you’ve submitted your claim, keep copies of all the documents related to the incident, including bills, invoices, and completed claim forms. If you mailed them, note the date.
You may have questions about your claim. Combined Insurance makes it easy for you to get real-time updates on your claim at the self-service portal on our website—just type in your claim number. Or, give us a call for an update.
For more information, visit our online policyholder center.
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Combined Insurance Company of America (Chicago, IL Illinois) is a leading provider of individual supplemental accident, disability, health, and life insurance products and a Chubb company. With a tradition of nearly 100 years of success, we have an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and are one of Ward’s Top 50® Performing Life-Health Insurance Companies. Combined Insurance is also the number one Military Friendly® Employer in the over $1B revenue category for 2019 by VIQTORY. This is the company’s eighth consecutive year on the top 10 list and fifth consecutive year in the top 5—Combined Insurance was previously named the number one Military Friendly® Employer in the nation for 2015 and 2016. In New York, products are underwritten by Combined Life Insurance Company of New York (Latham, NY).
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