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Appeals and Grievances
Employer Group Medicare Members

Many issues or concerns can be promptly resolved by our Member Services Department. If you have not already done so, you may want to first contact Member Services before submitting one of the forms below.

Health Net encourages you to provide a detailed account of your experience. Your feedback is important to us and we appreciate the time you have taken to share this information. We hope that you will allow us to continue to serve you and provide the excellent service that you deserve.

If you believe a delay in the decision making may impose an imminent and serious threat to your health, please contact customer service using the toll-free telephone number on your ID card to request an expedited review.

File Appeals and Grievances

File appeals & grievances

Appeal

An "appeal" is the type of complaint you make when you want us to re-evaluate and change a decision we have made about what benefits are covered for you or what we will pay for a benefit. You need to file your appeal within 60 calendar days from the date on the coverage determination/organization determination notice (denial letter) you received. Health Net may accept an appeal or redetermination beyond 60 days if you show Health Net good cause for an extension.

To file a standard appeal, you must send a written request stating the nature of the complaint, giving dates, times, persons, places, etc. involved. Or you may complete the Medical Appeals & Grievance Department Request for Reconsideration form in place of a letter. Completion of this form is not required to file an appeal. Please include copies of any additional information that may be relevant to your appeal and mail, email or fax to the address(s) and/or fax number listed in the How to File section below.

How quickly we decide on your appeal depends on the type of appeal:

For a decision about payment for services you already received: After we receive your appeal, we have 60 calendar days to reconsider our decision. If we find in your favor, we must issue payment within 60 calendar days of the date of receipt of your appeal request.

For a standard decision about authorizing medical care: After we receive your appeal, we have up to 30 calendar days to make a decision, but will make it sooner if your health condition requires. We may extend the timeframe by up to 14 calendar days if you request the extension, or if we justify a need for additional information and the delay is in your best interest.

For a decision about payment for Part D prescription drugs you already received: After we receive your appeal, we have 14 calendar days to make a decision. If we find in your favor, we have 30 days from the date of receipt of your appeal request to issue payment.

For a standard decision about Part D prescription drugs: After we receive your appeal, we have up to 7 calendar days to make a decision, but will make it sooner if your health condition requires.

In addition, you, any doctor, or your authorized representative can ask us to give you an expedited ("fast") reconsideration or appeal (rather than a "standard" appeal) about drugs or services that you have not already received, if you or your doctor believe that waiting for a standard appeal decision could seriously harm your health or your ability to function. If we give you an expedited ("fast") decision, we must make our reconsideration decision as expeditiously as your health condition might require, but no later than 72 hours of receiving your request. We may extend the timeframe by up to 14 calendar days (for medical appeals) if you request the extension, or if we justify a need for additional information and the delay is in your best interest. For an expedited ("fast") appeal, contact us by telephone or fax at the number listed in the How to File section below.

For denials of medical appeals: If we deny any part of your medical appeal, your case will automatically be forwarded to an independent review organization, to review your case. This independent review organization contracts with the Federal government and is not part of our Plan.

For denials of Part D appeals: If we deny any part of your Part D appeal, you or your appointed representative can mail or fax your written appeal request to the independent review organization to the address and / or fax number listed below:

MAXIMUS Federal Services
3750 Monroe Ave., Suite #703
Pittsford, NY 14534-1302

Toll-free fax number for enrollees: 1-866-825-9507
Fax number for enrollees: (585) 425-5301

The independent reviewer will review our decision. If any of the medical care or service you requested is still denied, you can appeal to an administrative law judge (ALJ) if the value of your appeal meets the minimum requirement. You will be notified of your appeal rights if this happens.

There is another special type of appeal that applies only when coverage will end for SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility), HHA (Home Health Agency) or CORF (Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities) services. If you think your coverage is ending too soon, you can appeal directly and immediately to Livanta, which is the Quality Improvement Organization in the state of California. See "How to File" section below to contact Livanta.

  • If you get the notice 2 days before your coverage ends, you must be sure to make your request no later than noon of the day after you get the notice.
  • If you get the notice and you have more than 2 days before your coverage ends, then you must make your request no later than noon of the day before the date that your Medicare coverage ends.

Important Appeals Information

If you have questions about Appeal procedures you may refer to the applicable sections of the Evidence of Coverage (EOC) for your respective plan as outlined below, or you can call Health Net Customer Service at the phone number listed in the How to File section below.

Plan Name

Appeals EOC Section

Health Net Healthy Heart (HMO), Health Net Ruby (HMO), Health Net Gold Select (HMO), Health Net Jade (HMO SNP), Health Net Sapphire, and Health Net Violet (PPO) plans

Chapter 9
section 5 (Medical Care) &
section 6 (Part D Prescription Drugs)

Health Net Green (HMO) plans

Chapter 7, section 5 (Medical Care)

Health Net Amber (HMO SNP) plans

Chapter 9
section 6 (Medical Care) &
section 7 (Part D Prescription Drugs)

If you want to inquire about the status of an appeal, please call Health Net Customer Service at the phone number listed in the How to File section below.

As a Health Net member, you have the right to request information on the following:

  • Additional information from Medicare by calling
    1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY/TDD Hearing Impaired 1-877-486-2048), which is the national Medicare help line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • To obtain a total number of Health Net's grievances, appeals and exceptions, please call Health Net Customer Service at the phone number listed in the How to File section below.

Appointing a Representative

  • If you would like to appoint a representative to act on your behalf, additional information is available on our Appointing a Representative page.

A grievance is any complaint or dispute other than an organization determination, expressing dissatisfaction with the manner in which Health Net Medicare Programs provides health care services. For example, you would file a grievance if you have a problem with things such as the quality of your care, waiting times for appointments or in the waiting room, the way your doctors or others behave, being able to reach someone by phone or get the information you need, or the cleanliness or condition of the doctor's office. You need to file your grievance within 60 calendar days after the event. Please note: For a complaint, Health Net can give you more time if you have a good reason for missing the deadline.

If you have a grievance, we encourage you to first call Health Net Customer Service at the number listed below. We will try to resolve any complaint that you might have over the phone. If you request a written response to your phone complaint, we will respond in writing to you. If we cannot resolve your complaint over the phone, we have a formal procedure to review your complaints. We call this the grievance procedure. There is no form required for filing a grievance. You may also submit your complaint in writing or via facsimile or email to Health Net at the address and/or fax number listed in the How to File section below.

We must notify you of our decision about your grievance as quickly as your case requires based on your health status, but no later than 30 calendar days after receiving your complaint. We may extend the timeframe by up to 14 calendar days if you request for the extension, or if we justify a need for additional information and the delay is in your best interest.

You are also entitled to a quick review of your complaint (expedited grievance) if you disagree with our decision in the following scenarios:

  • If we deny your request for an expedited review of a request for medical care or a Part D drug
  • If we deny your request for an expedited review of an appeal for denied services or a Part D drug
  • If we decide an extension is needed to review your request for medical care
  • If we decide an extension is needed to review your appeal of denied medical care

You may also submit your expedited grievance request orally, in writing or via facsimile or email to Health Net at the address and/or fax number listed in the How to File section below. We will quickly review your request and notify you of our decision as expeditiously as your health condition might require, but no later than 24 hours of receiving your complaint.

If you have questions about these grievance procedures you may refer to the applicable sections of the Evidence of Coverage (EOC) for your respective plan as outlined below, or you can call Health Net Customer Service at the phone number listed in the How to File section below.

Plan Name

Grievance EOC Section

Health Net Healthy Heart (HMO), Health Net Ruby (HMO), Health Net Gold Select (HMO), Health Net Jade (HMO SNP), Health Net Violet (PPO), and Health Net Sapphire (HMO) plans

Chapter 9, section 10

Health Net Green (HMO) plans

Chapter 7, section 9

Health Net Amber (HMO SNP) plans

Chapter 9, section 11

If you want to inquire about the status of a grievance, please call Health Net Customer Service at the phone number listed in the How to File section below.

As a Health Net member, you have the right to:

  • Tell Medicare about your complaint by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY/TDD Hearing Impaired 1-877-486-2048), which is the national Medicare help line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or you may fill out a Complaint Form.
  • Obtain a total number of Health Net's complaints, appeals and exceptions; please call Health Net Customer Service at the phone number listed in the How to File section below.

For quality of care complaints, you may also complain to the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)

Complaints concerning the quality of care received under Medicare may be acted upon by Health Net under the grievance process, by an independent organization called the QIO, or by both. For example, if a member believes he/she is being discharged from the hospital too soon, the member may file a complaint with the QIO in addition to or in lieu of a complaint filed under Health Net's grievance process. For any complaint filed with the QIO, Health Net will cooperate with the QIO in resolving the complaint.

How to file a quality of care complaint with the QIO

Quality of care complaints filed with the QIO must be made in writing. A member who files a quality of care grievance with a QIO is not required to file the grievance within a specific time period. Please see below in the 'How to File an Appeal or Grievance' section for specific contact information.

Appointing a Representative

  • If you would like to appoint a representative to act on your behalf, additional information is available on our Appointing a Representative page.

You may file an appeal or grievance using the following methods:

  • Call our Customer Service Department

    • April 1 – September 30 *
      Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • October 1 – March 31 *
      7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

      *A messaging system is used after hours, weekends, and on federal holidays.

Health Plan Type
Health Plan Type Phone Number
All Health Net Amber (HMO SNP) plans: 1-800-431-9007
All Health Net Healthy Heart (HMO) plans: 1-800-275-4737
All Health Net Green (HMO) plans: 1-800-275-4737
Health Net Jade (HMO SNP): 1-800-431-9007
All Health Net Ruby (HMO) plans: 1-800-275-4737
Health Net Gold Select (HMO): 1-800-275-4737
Health Net Violet (PPO): 1-888-445-8913
Health Net Seniority Plus Sapphire and Sapphire Premier (HMO) plans: 1-800-275-4737
TTY 711


For Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Complaints, please contact:

Livanta BFCC-QIO Program
10820 Guilford Road, Suite 202
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701

Type of Call
Type of Call Phone Number
Toll-free Number: 1-877-588-1123
TTY: 1-855-887-6668
Fax: 1-844-273-2671
  • By Mail or Fax

    • You may mail or Fax your appeal or grievance via a written letter or by using one of our forms provided below.
    • Medical Services:
      Health Net Appeals & Grievances Medicare Operations
      PO Box 10450
      Van Nuys, CA 91410-0450
    • Prescription Drug Services:
      Health Net; Appeals & Grievances Medicare Operations
      P.O. Box 10450
      Van Nuys, CA 91410-0450
    • Fax: 1-844-273-2671

Select the appropriate Appeals or Grievance Form below.

Use this form when appealing the denial of a medical or prescription drug service, claim, or copay/benefit:

Drug Coverage Redetermination Forms

Use this form to express your dissatisfaction with the care or service(s) you have received:


Appeals Procedures for your Employer-Sponsored Benefits

There is a special type of Appeal that applies only to Employer-Sponsored Benefits. Employer-Sponsored Benefits are covered benefits that are beyond the basic Medicare-covered benefits or Part D Drug benefits.

This section explains what you can do if you have problems getting Employer-Sponsored Benefits you believe we should provide.

If you disagree with our initial decision about your care or paying for your care, you may ask us to reconsider our decision. This is called an "Appeal." You can file the Appeal by calling Health Net Member Services Department at 1-800-275-4737 (TTY: 711) 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday - Friday or by sending information to:

Health Net Appeals & Grievances Medicare Operations
PO Box 10450
Van Nuys, CA 91410-0450

We will:

  • Review your complaint and inform you of our decision in writing within 30 days from the receipt of the Appeal. For conditions where there is an immediate and serious threat to your health, including severe Pain, or the potential for loss of life, limb or major bodily function exists, we must notify you of the status of your grievance no later than three days from receipt of the grievance.
  • Inform you if additional time is necessary to complete our investigation.

You must file your Appeal with Health Net within 365 calendar days after we notify you of the Initial Decision. Please include all information from your Health Net Identification Card and the details of the concern or problem. After reviewing your Appeal, we will decide whether to stay with our original decision, or change this decision and give you some or all of the care or payment you want.

Review of your request by an Independent Review Organization

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your above Appeal, you can request for an independent review organization to review your case. This organization will review your request and make a decision about whether we must give you the care or payment you want. You may call Health Net Member Services Department at 1-800-275-4737 (TTY: 711) 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday - Friday to request the independent review or by sending the request to:

Health Net Attn: Medicare Appeals & Grievances Department
PO Box 10450
Van Nuys, CA 91410-0450

The review is conducted by an independent Physician reviewer with appropriate expertise in the area of medicine in question who has no connection to us. The independent review organization will provide its decision within 30 days after receiving the request for review and the supporting documents. If there is an immediate and serious threat to your health, an expedited review will be completed within 72 hours, or sooner if medically indicated.

Binding Arbitration

If you continue to be dissatisfied after the independent review process listed above has been completed, you may then initiate binding arbitration as described in the "Legal Notices" section of the Evidence of Coverage. Binding arbitration is generally the final process to resolve disputes concerning Employer-Sponsored Benefits.

Last Updated: 07/19/2021