Member Rights and Responsibilities

As a SummaCare member, you have the following rights and responsibilities. These statements help ensure that you are treated by SummaCare employees and all of our contracted providers, with fairness and respect.

It is also important that you understand your responsibilities as a SummaCare member. If you don't follow these responsibilities, you may not receive all of the services or coverage to which you might otherwise be entitled.

As a SummaCare member you have the right to:

  1. Receive timely and accurate information about SummaCare including its services, its practitioners and providers and its members' rights and responsibilities
  2. Be treated with fairness, respect and dignity
  3. Be assured your medical records and personal health information will be handled confidentially and your privacy protected. Please refer to SummaCare's NOPP (Notice of Privacy Practices) for a complete description of your privacy rights
  4. Participate with your healthcare professional in making decisions about your healthcare
  5. A candid discussion of appropriate or medically/surgically necessary treatment options for your conditions, regardless of cost or benefit coverage
  6. Voice complaints or appeals about SummaCare or the care provided
  7. Provide advance directives that would inform your doctor of your wishes should you have a terminal illness or lose your ability to make decisions for yourself
  8. A safe, secure, clean and accessible medical environment
  9. Get information about your coverage and costs as a member of SummaCare that is easy to understand
  10. Obtain information about SummaCare and our contracted providers' financial arrangements and qualifications
  11. To see plan providers, get covered services and get your prescriptions filled within a reasonable period of time
  12. Make recommendations regarding SummaCare's "Member Rights and Responsibilities" statement and policy

As a SummaCare member you have the responsibility to:

  1. Provide (to the extent possible) information that SummaCare and its healthcare professionals need in order to care for you
  2. Understand (to the degree possible) your health problems and participate in developing and following mutually agreed upon treatment goals
  3. Follow the guidelines and instructions for care that you have agreed on with your healthcare professional
  4. Keep medical appointments. If you cannot keep an appointment, you should notify the healthcare professional's office
  5. Identify yourself via your membership card, to use the card appropriately and to assure that other people do not use your card
  6. Respect SummaCare employees and your healthcare professional and refrain from using threatening or abusive language or mannerisms
  7. Act in a way that supports the care given to other patients and helps the smooth running of your doctor's office, hospitals and other offices
  8. Familiarize yourself with your coverage and the rules you must follow to get care as a SummaCare member
  9. Pay in full any plan premiums, copayments, co-insurance amounts or deductibles required by your specific SummaCare benefit plan
  10. Call SummaCare Customer Service if you have any questions, suggestions or problems with your care or payment

Get more information about your rights and responsibilities:

Call Customer Service at the number on the back of your SummaCare ID card.

Get free help and information from the Ohio State Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIP) at 800-686-1578 or TTY 614-644-3745. Medicare members may get additional information by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227); TTY 877-486-2048 or by visiting the Medicare website at

If you think you have been treated unfairly or your rights have not been respected, call SummaCare Customer Service. Customer Service will ensure your issue is addressed and give you additional information on the complaint and appeal processes available to you.

If you have been treated unfairly due to your race, color, national origin, disability, age or religion, please let SummaCare know. You can also call the Office for Civil Rights in your area.