Be wise and prevent unnecessary bills.
Have you ever had this strange event happen? I hope not. But consider this post a word to the wise to prevent others from having the same issue.
Last year we were new in the North Country. So when I needed dental work, I just used the dentist closest to me who happened to be a preferred provider with my insurance company, VA Delta Dental (VA DIP). The dentist was paid at 100% by my insurance company.
But this year, the same dentist was no longer a preferred dentist with VA DIP. His office did not inform me before I had my teeth cleaned. They also did not inform me the day of my appointment. And I received a bill for a fairly large portion of the total amount.
Confused, I called VA DIP. Anna there told me that the VA DIP had instructed the dentist to tell patients that he is no longer a preferred provider and the insurance company would not pay for the total bill like it used to. VA DIP told me I owe this money.
Unfortunately, I must send this dishonest dentist a check, but with it I am including a letter asking him to please deal with the apparent communication problem within his office.
I hope that no one else has this issue. With holiday expenses piling up, no one needs this problem.