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Blue Cross Billing

June 5th, 2007 at 01:37 pm

As if Blue Cross isn't taking enough of my money already, I just read their notification informing me that I will now be charged a $2 fee for each paper bill. Argh. I must choose to have automatic electronic debits to avoid the fee, but I can't stand having automatic deductions. I've tried it before, and it makes me feel like I'm not in control of my own money. And I would always forget when a deduction was going to occur and have to scramble to avoid bouncing checks. I'll stick to paper billing as long as I can.

6 Responses to “Blue Cross Billing”

  1. disneysteve Says:

    Is this for money you owe them for medical bills?

    I have numerous things paid by automatic debits. I like the convenience of not having to write the checks each month. What I do to keep track is I taped a little note on my checkbook cover with the dates and amounts of the monthly debits. That way, I remember to enter them in the register each month. After several months, I remember them all anyway and really didn't even need the little note.

  2. daybyday Says:

    disneysteve, it's the bill for the insurance premium.

    Thanks for the comment. I'll keep it in mind.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    I wonder if they offer electronic billing without the auto-debit. Some companies, like Verizon, will send you a bill by e-mail and you can then pay it online. You can also set up auto-debit but you don't have to.

  4. daybyday Says:

    I think I'd be willing to do it that way to save a few bucks. I just checked their website and couldn't find anything about online payments. Rats.

  5. Anthony Says:

    Blue Cross started charging me the fee in March of 2008. I don't write checks, my bank does it for me via online banking. I don't like using auto debit (what Blue Cross offers for free) as it might take money out of my account when another check may or may not have cleared overdrawing my account and getting a huge fee from my bank. Blue Cross offers no method of electronic billing. If you need a receipt they can fax one too you at your own request. This is unacceptable to me.

    I responded by sending out 4 - 50 cent payments (by check sent by my bank not a personal check) one per day and my premium amount the next day.

    They cashed the first 50 cent check, and returned the other three uncashed, stating they could not cash them. A few days after that, I received another letter from them with a 50 cent refund check.

    I did call them and they say I am all paid up. I asked the woman I spoke with about the 2 dollars. She said they just wrote that off, and that I am paid in full.

  6. daybyday Says:

    ha...I like what you did. Yeah, our paydays and income vary drastically, which makes auto deductions not workable for us. I don't know why they don't offer a way to let us manually pay online for free. It irritates me to have to pay the extra $2, especially when they also slammed me with an 18.5% premium increase.

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