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307Re: [owcp] Re: insurance and retirement

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  • Doug Hemken
    Sep 20, 2006
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      And to add another question to Felicia's, what happens when you retire?

      Douglas Hemken
      Statistical Computing Specialist
      Social Science Computing Coop
      4226I Social Science Bldg.

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      From: Felicia <felicia@...>
      Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 4:14 pm
      Subject: Re: [owcp] Re: letter
      To: owcp@yahoogroups.com

      > I've had two re-evaluations so far, and with your case as
      > bad as it is, perhaps it could help. The same with the
      > compensation form. If you aren't making any money, then
      > the DoL owes you more. I take it that you've already
      > called your caseworker, right? You might have to contact
      > the case worker and the job counselor and make it clear
      > that the current situation isn't working. Perhaps if you
      > make yourself a real pain in the ass, you can get this
      > resolved. I was told that they would train me if I
      > couldn't find jobs in my area. You should ask about this.
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      > Speaking of insurance, what do people on this list do for
      > insurance? My husband is going to be changing jobs and
      > will be losing his benefits. Should I apply for SSD or
      > something? -- Felicia
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      > > I got one of these lovely letters as well; figured it was
      > > pro forma red tape
      > > and rat race.
      > >
      > > Then, yesterday, a large confusing packet arrived
      > > including medical
      > > re-evaluation forms and reporting of all income over the
      > > past 15 months. As
      > > I am considered to be at 'medical end point' (a lovely
      > > phrase in itself), I
      > > have no doctors following my case.
      > >
      > > This past spring, my compensation was cut by a third,
      > > because I am released
      > > for part time work (with fairly limiting restrictions,
      > > including 15 minute
      > > breaks for every hour worked). That there are no jobs in
      > > my area that fit
      > > both my restrictions and my qualifications, that I have
      > > applied for a number
      > > of jobs without success, that the pay rate that they are
      > > calculating the
      > > reduction on is not the compensation offered in this area
      > > - none of that
      > > seems to matter. The "job counselor" provided by the OWCP
      > > was from another
      > > state, met with me a total of five times, never offered
      > > any sort of job
      > > training or performed even basic skills assessments.
      > >
      > > The whole is immensely disheartening and depressing. As I
      > > pointed out in a
      > > letter to the OWCP, when I left my job for Peace Corps
      > > service six years ago
      > > (I served three years in Armenia) I had medical insurance,
      > > a pension plan,
      > > and a higher rate of take home pay than my current
      > > compensation. Now I have
      > > no insurance, no pension plan, and I miss the Federal
      > > Poverty Standard by
      > > $3,016.
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      > > Disability is not my career choice; this is not the life I
      > > wanted nor the
      > > one I would choose.
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      > > Meg Wallace, RPCV (Armenia, 2000- 2003)
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