Can a university automatically enroll and bill you for health insurance if you already have it?

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Can a university automatically enroll and bill you for health insurance if you already have it?

My wife was automatically billed for over $700 worth of health insurance. She is already insurance as a dependent on her parents plan. One email was sent out by the insurance person at the university asking her if she wanted to opt out. She didn’t get the email, and nothing else was sent. The university insurance person said he was too busy to send out any more than one email about this and that there is nothing that can be done. Is this legal?

Asked on September 24, 2012 under Business Law, Nebraska

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country for your wife to be enrolled in a health insurance program through work she needs to agree to such in writing by way of a signed document dated by her. In order to be in this program to be billed she needs to have agreed to be in it. From what you have written she is not obligated for the $700.


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