My latest blog post:
There is a saying, "don't sweat the small stuff," but I do not think $1182.33 is small stuff. It is more like highway robbery.
Here's the tale.
Just after I retired from NBC in November, I checked the pay sheet for my GE pension. I found that GE was taking $131.37 a month for "medical benefits."Huh? I had and still have medical benefits from Comcast with which I cover myself and my husband with health, dental and vision benefits. I am paying through Cobra for the next six months.
So I finally got around to checking these "mystery" benefits out by calling GE. Here is what I found out.
These benefits apply to my husband and were "automatically" assigned when he turned 65 in April. It did not matter that he was fully insured, GE just decided to cover him and deduct the money from my pension.
It gets better. GE says if he didn't want the benefits, he had to "opt out." but he does not remember receiving any such notice and the insurer never sent him an identification card so I was paying for a benefit he could never use. It seems like a game of three card Monty because GE says it was the insurer's obligation to send the card ... or Dan's to ask for one.
I feel like I have been fleeced!