A Las Vegas man owes more than $400,000 in medical bills and he says it’s because of problems with Nevada’s online health insurance exchange.
Larry Basich, 62, said he signed up for a health insurance plan through the state’s Obamacare exchange last fall, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Basich said he chose a plan with UnitedHealthcare in November 2013, adding that he even paid a premium.
However, he never received notice that he was formally enrolled in the plan.
He repeatedly called to see if his plan was activated and was reportedly told by representatives with Nevada Health Link that he was indeed signed up for a plan.
It was at this point that Basich suffered a heart attack and had to undergo a triple bypass.
But here’s the problem: Despite being told that he was enrolled in a plan, the Las Vegas man was not actually insured at the time of the operation. And now no insurer will claim his bills.
Basich is now trying to work with the state exchange and its contractor, Xerox, to resolve the financially and emotionally taxing issue.
“All I wanted to do when I moved here was buy a house, get a dog and go to some spring training games for the Dodgers,” Basich, originally from Hawaii, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Fox News adds: “Xerox reportedly tried to assign Basich’s bills to another insurance plan, but that plan is refusing to accept them. Basich’s insurance broker also complained that Xerox is spending a lot of time lawyering up and documenting all of Basich’s communications.”
One source believe Xerox is stonewalling Basich because the exchange’s error is so costly.
For its part, the contractor claims it’s doing all it can to help the Las Vegas man.
“Mr. Basich’s issue is complex, and we’re working on it every day,” a spokeswoman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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