Kaiser Cuts Member Loose for Missing Payment, He Says
8-22-2013 01:07:00

     BALTIMORE CITY, Md. (CN) - Kaiser Foundation Health Plan dropped a man from coverage for not paying his premium, although he tried twice to do so, he says in a complaint filed in federal court.
     Charles E. McManus signed up for Kaiser insurance in December 2011, electing to have premiums automatically deducted from his Social Security check, he says in the Circuit Court for Arlington County complaint.
     Kaiser, however, sent him a bill every month. He tried to pay a $30.80 bill on two occasions, once in late November and again in early December, but Kaiser refused to accept the payment both times, the complaint says.
     In April 2013, he was notified he was being dropped from coverage “since we didn’t get that payment,” McManus explained in his pro se complaint.
     He submitted an administrative appeal to Kaiser, but it was rejected.
     McManus wants a court to rule Kaiser’s attempt to boot him out of the health plan to be void and “of no effect.”
     He seeks damages and costs.