Employer, insurer not on same page
DEAR HARRY: I need your input. I went out on workers' comp with a fractured tibia and fibula back in April. I was out of work nine weeks. I have not gotten a penny since July from either my employer or its insurance company. None of my phone calls have been returned.
When I was treated for my injuries, it was my health insurance that paid the hospital and doctors. Now, I'm starting to get hospital bills for co-pays that haven't been taken care of. I even went so far as to contact the workers' comp insurance company directly.
Apparently, the insurance company has me listed as "not missing any days." Harry, I'm desperate for that money. What can I do? I also don't want to jeopardize my job.
WHAT HARRY SAYS: Apparently, your employer and its insurance company have not been communicating too well. Try once more to reach the company's person who is supposed to be responsible for such claims.
If that doesn't work, contact the Pennsylvania Insurance Department's toll-free consumer hotline at 877-881-6388. That should move things along quickly. And don't worry about your job. Flouting the law brings stiff penalties.
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