Agency releases new mileage reimbursement rate and how to collect what you are owed from the insurance company.
We have seen some insurance companies pay medical bills but refuse mileage reimbursement. A common excuse is that a claim was not properly submitted. This creates an absurd situation where medical treatment is authorized but the person cannot afford to get there.
The Agency uses the same reimbursement rate as the IRS. The mileage rate is adjusted based upon an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile.
The current mileage reimbursement rate is $0.575 per mile with an effective date of 01/01/2015. Calculating your mileage reimbursement is very easy. Just add up all the miles going to and from your doctor appointments and multiple by .575.
Download our Mileage Reimbursement Form. Include the date, address, and round trip miles. Multiply total miles by .575 and this should tell you how much is owed.
Keep a copy for your records and send it certified mail to the insurance company. This gives you proof and allows you to seek penalties if not paid within 30 days.
You can ask for $50.00 per day in penalties not to exceed $1,500.00. Penalties are not available if the claim is disputed.
Meals & Lodging
It is also possible to get reimbursement for meals, airfare, and hotel accommodations if traveling a long distance for medical treatment. Current meal rates for select cities include $10.25 for breakfast, $10.25 for lunch, and $24.25 for dinner. Reimbursement for lodging is $75.00 plus taxes.
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