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Insurance claim denied by provider? Here’s what you can do

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Claims rejections by insurance provider can disturb the pace of mind as well as decrease the trust on insurance companies. However, there are several options available in front of policyholders where they can go and make their voice heard.

Insurance claim denied by provider? Here’s what you can do
Claims rejections by the insurance provider can disturb the peace of mind as well as decrease the trust in insurance policies. However, the aggrieved do have avenues to raise complaints and make their voice heard.
Here are some of those options:
Approach the grievance officer
The policyholder should first approach the grievance officer of the insurance company to understand the reasons why the claim was rejected, said Rakesh Goyal, Director, Probus Insurance in interaction with CNBC-TV18.
Here, the policyholder can raise a complaint in writing along with the necessary supporting documentation and then take a written acknowledgement of the complaint with the date.
Contact IRDAI
If not satisfied with the answer of the grievance offer, the policyholder can approach the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) and even take up the complaint with the IRDAI Grievance Call Centre. A complaint can also be filed with IRDAI’s consumer education website or Integrated Grievance Management System where one can monitor the status of the complaint, Goyal said.
Go to insurance ombudsman
Lastly, one can also go to Insurance Ombudsman or seek legal action if the insurer's responses don’t satisfy the policyholder, suggested Goyal.
According to IRDAI's consumer education website, the insurance ombudsman scheme was created by the government of India for individual policyholders to have their complaints settled out of the court system in a cost-effective, efficient and impartial way. There are at present 17 insurance ombudsman in different locations and any person who has a grievance against an insurer, may himself/herself or through legal heirs, nominee or assignee, make a complaint in writing to the insurance ombudsman within whose territorial jurisdiction the branch or office of the insurer complained against or the residential address or place of residence of the complainant is located.
The complaint shall be made in writing on a plain, duly signed by the complainant and shall state clearly the name and address of the complainant, the name of the branch or office of the insurer against whom the complaint is made, the facts giving rise to the complaint, supported documents if any, the nature and extent of the loss caused to the complainant and the relief sought from the insurance ombudsman.
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