Health Insurance: How to Submit Health Insurance Claims from Several Policies

As a consequence of rising hospital bills and COVID-19, many people select to be coated by a couple of medical insurance coverage. These insurance policies will be described on the idea of the next dimensions.

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In response to IRDAI, an insured is entitled to say from a number of insurance policies, even for a similar hospitalization occasion (please see the Appendix for an excerpt from the IRDAI FAQ on this subject).

Nonetheless, the next ideas should be adopted in all circumstances:
* The identical charges won’t be paid greater than as soon as.

* Settlement is finished in accordance with the phrases and situations of every doc

The above two ideas have totally different implications for non-cash and reimbursement claims.

In case you want non-cash claims of two paperwork, you’ll have to do that sequentially, i.e. one non-cash alert at a time, as a result of the identical bills shouldn’t be paid greater than as soon as. This creates logistical challenges, if the insurance coverage firm is totally different from the 2 insurance policies. The cashless approval from the second insurance coverage firm will solely be acquired after the primary insurance coverage firm approves the cashless payments from the hospital. As a consequence of elapsed occasions in cashless alert, hospital payments, and non-cash approvals, most hospitals require out-of-pocket fee by the insured to cowl momentary prices. As soon as the insured pays money to the hospital, claims are then settled totally on a reimbursement foundation.

Due to this fact, in most sensible circumstances, claims submitted to the second insurance coverage firm fall into the class of reimbursement and do not stay non-cash.

for reimbursement claims, the second insurance coverage firm will usually settle for a replica of the paperwork and claims settlement pointers, duly licensed by the primary insurance coverage firm topic to the consent of the second insurer, when the unique paperwork are submitted to the primary insurance coverage firm. Nonetheless, just like non-cash claims and for a similar causes, the settlement of the reimbursement declare for 2 paperwork may even be sequential, i.e. one after the opposite. Solely after settlement of the claims allowed beneath the primary doc can the stability expense be claimed for the second doc. Due to this fact, the time elapsed for full settlement between two insurance coverage corporations is often greater than twice the time for a single declare.

This sequential course of and associated paperwork is smoother when the insurance policies are from the identical insurance coverage firm. The insurer then has details about the claims for each insurance policies and the change does not take time. Even for hospitals, the cashless approval course of is easier, since they solely take care of one insurance coverage firm for all the hospitalization occasion.

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IRDAI (Insurance coverage Regulatory and Growth Authority of India) offers the next response in its statements
FAQ Checklist Concerning the Claims Settlement Standards for A number of Insurance policies:

If two or extra insurance policies are taken by the insured throughout a interval from a number of insurance coverage corporations to offset the prices of remedy, the coverage holder has the best to request settlement of his/her declare in respect of any of his insurance policies.

* In all such circumstances, the insurance coverage firm that issued the chosen coverage is obligated to settle the declare so long as the declare is inside the limits and in accordance with the phrases of the chosen coverage.

* A policyholder with a number of insurance policies can be entitled to favor claims from one other coverage/s for quantities not permitted beneath the pre-selected coverage/s, even when the sum insured has not been exhausted. Then the insurance coverage firm(s) should settle the declare in accordance with the phrases and situations of the opposite coverage(s) thus chosen.

* If the quantity to be claimed exceeds the sum insured beneath a single coverage after contemplating the deductions or co-payment, the coverage holder has the best to decide on the insurance coverage corporations from which he/she needs to say the stability quantity.

* When the insured has insurance policies from a couple of insurance coverage firm to cowl the identical dangers on an indemnity foundation, the insured shall solely be reimbursed for hospitalization prices in accordance with the phrases and situations of the chosen coverage.

Excerpts from the phrases and situations of some insurance coverage corporations


Star Well being Household Well being:
Within the occasion of a number of insurance policies taken by an insured particular person throughout a interval of a number of insurance coverage corporations to compensate for the prices of remedy, the insured particular person has the best to request settlement of his/her declare in relation to any of his insurance policies. In all such circumstances, the insurance coverage firm chosen by the insured particular person shall be obligated to settle the declare so long as the declare is inside the limits and in accordance with the phrases of the chosen coverage.

An insured one that has a number of paperwork can be entitled to favor claims beneath this coverage for quantities not permitted beneath another coverage/insurance policies even when the sum insured has not been exhausted. Thereafter, the insurance coverage firm should settle the declare independently in accordance with the phrases and situations of this coverage

If the quantity to be claimed exceeds the quantity insured beneath one coverage, the insured particular person has the best to decide on the insurance coverage firm from which he needs to say the remaining quantity.

When the insured particular person has insurance policies from a couple of insurance coverage firm to cowl the identical dangers on the idea of compensation, solely the insured particular person should be compensated for the prices of remedy in accordance with the phrases and situations of the chosen coverage

Neva Buba (Wholesome Companion): Within the occasion of a number of insurance policies taken by an insured particular person throughout a interval of a number of insurance coverage corporations to compensate for the prices of remedy, the insured particular person has the best to request settlement of his/her declare in respect of any of his insurance policies. In all such circumstances, the insurance coverage firm chosen by the insured particular person has to settle the declare so long as the declare is inside the limits and phrases of the chosen coverage and in accordance with its phrases.

Insured individuals with a number of insurance policies are additionally entitled to favor claims beneath this coverage for quantities not permitted beneath another coverage/insurance policies even when the sum insured has not been exhausted. Thereafter, the insurance coverage firm should settle the declare independently in accordance with the phrases and situations of this coverage.

If the quantity to be claimed exceeds the sum insured beneath one coverage, the insured has the best to decide on the insurance coverage firm from which he needs to say the remaining quantity.

The place the insured particular person has insurance policies from a couple of insurance coverage firm to cowl the identical dangers on an indemnity foundation, the insured particular person should solely be reimbursed for remedy prices in accordance with the phrases and situations of the chosen coverage.

Ergo Optima Safe: Within the occasion {that a} declare is made beneath the coverage and the unique paperwork are submitted to another insurance coverage firm, the corporate shall settle for a replica of the paperwork and a declare settlement discover, duly licensed by the opposite insurance coverage firm topic to the corporate’s consent.

(The author is the director of SANA Insurance coverage Brokerage)