Man Wins $40 Fight with Insurance Company

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) - A $40 medical bill might seem insignificant but Sam Juniper says his five-year battle over paying it was a matter of principle.

Juniper says his health benefits weren't supposed to change after he retired in 2000 from M&G Polymers, even if the company switched insurance providers.

But he received a $40 bill in 2002 after the company's new health provider, Aetna Insurance, refused to cover the cost of some blood work.

He challenged the decision in Mason County Circuit Court and won every decision all the way to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The appeals court ruled in his favor on Oct. 10.

Juniper says he is still waiting for his $40 refund check, which he plans to frame and hang on his wall.

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