Am I required to pay a medical bill if rejected claims were not brought to my attention until after the grievance period expired?

Last year I saw a chiropractor. I was given assurance that my insurance was accepted and I was directed to make appointments every other day for spinal adjustments. I later moved out of town. Then about 6 months ago, I called the old chiropractor to request my X-rays and I was told that they would not be released due to an outstanding balance. I asked that the statement be mailed to my new address; I had not received any prior statements despite successfully completing a change-of-address form with the post office.

Asked on August 13, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, California

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the chiropractor that you were seeing was on the approved list for health care practitioners with your health insurance carrier and there is some dispute with the bills submited by the chiropractor to your carrier, then you are under no obligation to pay any such medical bill if a rejected claim was not brought to your attention until after the grievance period expired.


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