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  • Kaericsson@cs.com
    FYI -- here is a copy of a letter I sent to Mark Dayton, and also to the MN candidates to the US Senate, tailored for each one. Are we using a BLOG now? I am
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 3, 2006
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      FYI -- here is a copy of a letter I sent to Mark Dayton, and also to the MN
      candidates to the US Senate, tailored for each one.

      Are we using a BLOG now? I am seeing so few emails on this listserve now.
      What is the blog's website?

      Thanks! Kriste

      ***

      3 March 2006

      Dear Senator Mark Dayton:

      I am approaching you about a concern close to my heart, and many other people
      in the same situation. We are nearly invisible, but you should know us. You
      may even be one of us.

      In 1988 I was medivaced from the U.S. Peace Corps. After a one month hospital
      stay in Washington DC I was released from service, and put under the auspices
      of the U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Workers Compensation for monetary
      compensation for care of what is now, for me, a chronic condition. In some ways I
      can't complain. I have been very fortunate. All hospital bills I have incurred
      since then due to that condition, and all medication costs, have eventually
      been covered. But it has been like pulling teeth. I, and many other former and
      current federal employees put under that system, have found this insurance
      system the biggest and most cumbersome dinosaur of an insurance agency in the
      United States.

      For that reason, many doctors are now refusing to take us on as clients. It
      took my last doctor 10 months to even be approved as a provider by US. Dept. of
      Labor OWCP, and during that time he could not change the types of medications
      he prescribed for me.

      As I said, I have been fortunate. Even when I still had to pay for my meds,
      then request reimbursement myself during the early years of my mental illness,
      before my pharmacy figured out how to do that for me, I was able to do this.
      However, even since then, particularly when I was trying to help my last
      psychiatrist get into the system, I often had to make a half dozen long distance
      phone calls, to various OWCP offices across the nation whenever some bill went
      astray in their system. My doctor's billing office required even more help on my
      part.

      We are each assigned a claims examiner at OWCP, but their rate of turnover
      is high, one told me because of the number of irate phone calls they have to
      deal with. There does not seem to be a good system of record keeping. The next
      claims examiner assigned to you has no sense of your past history. Usually I
      end up leaving a message on a phone that says that your call will be returned in
      3 business days. Often it is 3 weeks. Internet is not the way to go.

      A number of us are now communicating via a Yahoo listserve, trying to figure
      out what can be done about this. These people come from all branches of the
      government, and are not just "nut cases." Many have chronic physical problems of
      other types incurred on the job. Many are in pain. Many are no longer able
      to "work the system" of this insurance mess. They are falling through the
      cracks. I may do so as well, if ever my medications are no longer effective and I
      can't troubleshoot.

      There is no excuse. The U.S. government should care for its own. These
      people, too, have sacrificed for America. None of the several politicians I have
      talked to at the state level have even heard of this problem. Is there one
      politician, or even a group of people of influence who can help us take on this
      issue? What would you suggest?

      I will be passing a copy of this letter to our senate candidates in
      Minnesota, and also copying it over to my friends on the listserve.

      Thank you so much for your attention. I have been impressed with your service
      to the people of Minnesota.

      Sincerely,

      Kriste Ericsson
      Minnesota
      (complete contact info given to Sen. Dayton)
    • CHARLES FLEISCHNER
      thanks for the letter. BTW how do you get into the system. My doctor thinks that my condition is related to some asbestos that I inhaled during my PCV days. do
      Message 2 of 8 , Mar 3, 2006
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        thanks for the letter. BTW how do you get into the system. My doctor thinks that my condition is related to some asbestos that I inhaled during my PCV days.

         

        do you know who I could contact or how to start the process?

         

        Thanks

         

        Chuck Fleischner

        Santa Fe NM



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      • FourDirect@aol.com
        Kriste, Kudos to you! I have a very similar story and have written over the years to many, many in the Senate. I got sick in 1984 and it has been chronic and
        Message 3 of 8 , Mar 3, 2006
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          Kriste,

          Kudos to you! I have a very similar story and have written over the years to many, many in the Senate. I got sick in 1984 and it has been chronic and on and on it all goes. I succeed when I push and push and figure out the key to working the system, which changes nearly on a monthly basis.

          Do stay in touch and let me (us) know if you get any results. I have had the support of Senator Chuck Schumer of New York who writes letters to the USDOL/OWCP when I am out of steam but he is not making any national changes.

          We need to be heard. I have had some interest in the media to go public about this but I am usually too busy working on my OWCP never-ending issues or with healing or with being sick to tackle this but would like to work on it this summer if anyone will join me in the attempt to share their story.

          Is anyone else out there, still? I miss hearing from folks and was also wondering where we all went.

          Do give word, group!!!

          Best,
          Nancy Tongue
          NYC (Chile)
        • Felicia
          As far as I know, we are still using this list. As always, I haven t experienced the same problems as many others on the list, except for the constant change
          Message 4 of 8 , Mar 4, 2006
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            As far as I know, we are still using this list. As
            always, I haven't experienced the same problems as many
            others on the list, except for the constant change of case
            workers. I think this is because I go through the Seattle
            office. I have been thinking of writing a letter to the
            Peace Corps, along with my representative, as my condition
            (Lariam induced) is still largely a mystery - although my
            psychologist thinks that it is brain damage. Anyway, I'm
            hoping that everything will go okay with billing when I
            see a specialist at UCLA in May. It is sad hoping that
            the CAT scans show brain damage, but at least it will be
            an answer.

            -- Felicia
          • Felicia
            Contact the Peace Corps and tell them you want to file a FECA claim. They will send you all the paperwork. -- Felicia
            Message 5 of 8 , Mar 12, 2006
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              Contact the Peace Corps and tell them you want to file a
              FECA claim. They will send you all the paperwork. --
              Felicia

              >
              > thanks for the letter. BTW how do you get into the system.
              > My doctor thinks that my condition is related to some
              > asbestos that I inhaled during my PCV days.
              >
              > do you know who I could contact or how to start the
              > process?
              >
              > Thanks
              >
              > Chuck Fleischner
              > Santa Fe NM Be one of the first to try Windows Live Mail
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            • Heidi Fassnacht
              Kriste, Good for you! Great letter. Please do let us know what comes of this. Heidi In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but
              Message 6 of 8 , Apr 15, 2006
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                Kriste,

                Good for you! Great letter. Please do let us know
                what comes of this.

                Heidi



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              • Heidi Fassnacht
                has anyone had any luck talking to a lawyer? i don t want to sue or anything, i just want to get a better sense for what my rights are at this point. has
                Message 7 of 8 , Apr 15, 2006
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                  has anyone had any luck talking to a lawyer? i don't
                  want to sue or anything, i just want to get a better
                  sense for what my rights are at this point. has anyone
                  found a lawyer who actually seems to know (ie. knows
                  more than we do?)

                  i haven't filed any claims in a while and don't know
                  if it has been too long. since i don't have great
                  supporting documentation (ie. notes from a MD) in the
                  interim, i'm not sure if i can even reasonably expect
                  any coverage at this point, even though i have never
                  stopped my care (just been paying out of pocket).

                  i'm in vermont. when i looked into this same question
                  in wisconsin, i found a lot of state workers comp
                  lawyers, but found no federal ones locally.

                  thanks for any thoughts.
                  heidi

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                • Donald Weaks
                  You are absolutely correct, I talked to a workers comp lawyer last week and he just shrugged his shoulders saying if you don t have a doctor willing to go to
                  Message 8 of 8 , Apr 15, 2006
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                    You are absolutely correct, I talked to a workers'
                    comp lawyer last week and he just shrugged his
                    shoulders saying if you don't have a doctor willing to
                    go to bat for you it is a lost cause with the DOL, I
                    got the same sort of response when I talked to the
                    lawyers that work for the Office of Inspector General,
                    basically they ended up telling me they work to
                    protect the Peace Corps and not former volunteers and
                    if I had a problem go find a lawyer.

                    --- Heidi Fassnacht <riverock5@...> wrote:

                    > has anyone had any luck talking to a lawyer? i
                    > don't
                    > want to sue or anything, i just want to get a better
                    > sense for what my rights are at this point. has
                    > anyone
                    > found a lawyer who actually seems to know (ie. knows
                    > more than we do?)
                    >
                    > i haven't filed any claims in a while and don't know
                    > if it has been too long. since i don't have great
                    > supporting documentation (ie. notes from a MD) in
                    > the
                    > interim, i'm not sure if i can even reasonably
                    > expect
                    > any coverage at this point, even though i have never
                    > stopped my care (just been paying out of pocket).
                    >
                    > i'm in vermont. when i looked into this same
                    > question
                    > in wisconsin, i found a lot of state workers comp
                    > lawyers, but found no federal ones locally.
                    >
                    > thanks for any thoughts.
                    > heidi
                    >
                    > "In the end, our society will be defined not only by
                    > what we create, but also by what we refuse to
                    > destroy." John Sawhill
                    >
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