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Old 01-28-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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Does your individual health insurance force you to belong to the Peoples Benefit Alliance? My monthly health insurance premium includes $3.95 for membership in the PBA. It might only be associated with Humana policyholders.

The website is at peoples-benefit.com. You can login with 'memberpba' to see the "benefits" this membership provides. Junk.

The explanation received so far from Humana (on the phone) is that my state (FL) requires it. I've submitted a question to see if I can get additional information.

I have not paid much attention to the charge because Humana deducts a lump sum from my checking account every month and never provides any documentation, written or electronic, describing what the charges are for. When I signed up for the insurance, I was quoted a monthly premium which included this "service fee." Humana neglected to deduct the "service fee" with my premium in January. I noticed the reduced withdrawl and started asking some questions. I remember getting a PBA booklet when I first signed up with Humana but it was junk and I've never used it.

Also, it seems odd to not have any access to view charges and payments. I understand no paper these days but not even an electronic accounting. Is this the same for you....money just disappears from your checking account or charges just appear on your credit card every month?
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I have Anthem Blue Cross. It does not have any tack on fees. My bill is sent and mailed monthly by check. Every three months they send me a quarterly report of expenses and deductible used. It always has been zeros because I have not accessed healthcare the past 18 months.
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I got BCBS. There are no tack on fees. When I get accepted, I remember the insurance agent saying there is a Members First savings plan (vision, dental, hearing, vitimin) program at no additional cost.

The Peoples Benefit Alliance looks similar to a membership I have in order to get my vision insurance. I elect to get vision insurance, but can't get that alone. Instead need to join a plan for $18 a month in order to then apply for vision insurance.
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I'm with Humana, but I don't recall PBA membership. I don't let anyone do a direct debit to my accounts, so I received the bill the old fashion way, through the mail.
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I'm with Humana, but I don't recall PBA membership. I don't let anyone do a direct debit to my accounts, so I received the bill the old fashion way, through the mail.
They were going to charge me some other fee if I used a check or a cc so I allow them to debit.
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I'm with Humana, but I don't recall PBA membership. I don't let anyone do a direct debit to my accounts, so I received the bill the old fashion way, through the mail.
Are you charged a processing fee because you request a paper invoice?
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Are you charged a processing fee because you request a paper invoice?
Good question. I don't know. It never came up before now. I'll have to ask them.
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Good question. I don't know. It never came up before now. I'll have to ask them.
Also, be sure to ask if you are a member of PBA. I saw Humana insurance in other states mention PBA when I googled Humana and PBA so I'm pretty sure it's not just an artifact of Florida.
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Is that part of their Silver Sneakers program where you can use different exercise facilities in the area? I know that option is available, though I haven't used it yet. I've been too busy watching the birds and stock tickers.
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Is that part of their Silver Sneakers program where you can use different exercise facilities in the area? I know that option is available, though I haven't used it yet. I've been too busy watching the birds and stock tickers.
This health insurance is not related to Medicare.

Members of PBA receive online discounts by linking to shopping websites through the membership website. This is copied from the PBA website:

Through a membership in PBA, you will enjoy numerous health, travel, consumer, and business-related discounts and services. All of your discounts are explained in detail on this website.
While we believe you will be extremely pleased with your overall Association membership, we cannot, however, warrant or guarantee the performance of any discount or service.
You can count on PBA to continuously and aggressively seek out new disounts to add further value to your membership in the Association. As always, we invite and encourage your suggestions on ways PBA can be increasingly beneficial to you.
If you have any questions about your discounts, call 1-866-838-8437.
Again, a most cordial welcome to PBA.

I read the Terms and Conditions and it says the PBA will provide a rebate if the vendor pays them the contractual amount. In addition, there is an annual payout. If the balance is less than $25, your rebate balance rides for another year.

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Humana requires it in some states, Golden Rule (United Healthcare/United Health One) requires it in some states, Assurant Health requires it in some states. From my understanding, there are different rules/regulations for policies run through an association versus not run through an association and it may depend on the state. Monthly fees are usually around $3-5 for each company and you can't opt out of it, otherwise they won't issue the policy.
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It would be interesting to see the annual revenues generated. Why not 99 cents if membership is just a formality? It may only be $48 per year but it is my $48!
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It would be interesting to see the annual revenues generated. Why not 99 cents if membership is just a formality? It may only be $48 per year but it is my $48!
No clue, that's just the way it is.
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