5 years later, man beats insurer over $40 bill from Aetna
Posted Nov 12 2008 8:42pm
No wonder our insurance rates are so high, the time and money spent over $40.00 here is ridiculous, and I’m surprised such a small amount was not written off, when it’s $40.00 there’s no principle when everything we do today is based around money. BD
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. - A $40 medical bill might seem small but a West Virginia man says his five-year battle over paying it was a matter of principle. Sam Juniper says his health benefits weren't supposed to change after he retired in 2000 from M&G Polymers. But he received a $40 bill in 2002 after the company's new provider, Aetna Insurance, refused to cover the cost of some blood work. He challenged that in Mason County court in 2003 and won every decision all the way to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The appeals court ruled in his favor on Oct. 10.