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  • Felicia
    Well, last time it was just a threat. I m considering writing a letter to tell them that rather than hasseling sick RPCVs they might consider cracking down on
    Message 1 of 22 , Sep 12 12:29 PM
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      Well, last time it was just a threat. I'm considering
      writing a letter to tell them that rather than hasseling
      sick RPCVs they might consider cracking down on behavior
      by PCMOs that is putting all of us in these situations.
      At least in my case, it is the Peace Corps fault that I am
      sick and if they had followed the instructions that the
      maker of the medication that caused these problems
      (Lariam) put out, I would probably be significantly better
      than I am today and they wouldn't be spending so much
      money on me and my doctors. -- Felicia

      > so what's the deal? do they actually call you to
      > investigate/interrogate you? or is just some vague
      > 'threat?'
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      > --- In owcp@yahoogroups.com, "Felicia" <felicia@...>
      > wrote:
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      >> > did anyone get a letter from the pc office of
      >> inspector
      >> > general about a
      >> > review of cases?
      >>
      >> I missed a certified letter that came in the mail
      >> yesterday, so perhaps that was it. I got a letter about
      >> this time two years ago that was snotty and implied that
      >> I
      >> wasn't entitled to disability. So, if that's what you
      >> got, you aren't alone. -- Felicia
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    • FourDirect@aol.com
      I haven t had the time to stand in the PO line to see what the certified letter was all about but I figured it must have been this. I feel as if I ve been
      Message 2 of 22 , Sep 12 4:02 PM
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        I haven't had the time to stand in the PO line to see what the certified letter was all about but I figured it must have been this. I feel as if I've been harassed over and over by the government that is supposed to take care of US!
         
        Now I won't hurry to go pick it up.
         
        Will this ever get better?
         
        Nancy Tongue
      • Heidi Fassnacht
        Ditto. This is the second one of these I ve gotten. I ve heard nothing from PC or anyone else for that matter in the mean time. This time the letter was not
        Message 3 of 22 , Sep 19 5:10 AM
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          Ditto. This is the second one of these I've gotten.
          I've heard nothing from PC or anyone else for that
          matter in the mean time. This time the letter was not
          just certified though, they had a return receipt on it
          (ie. I had to sign two things saying I got the letter.
          One of them was a post card that gets sent back to
          PC).


          --- Doug Hemken <dehemken@...> wrote:

          > I got it too ... again, after a couple of years.
          >
          > Douglas Hemken
          > Statistical Computing Specialist
          > Social Science Computing Coop
          > 4226I Social Science Bldg.
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          > dehemken@...
          > 262-4327
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          > ----- Original Message -----
          > From: Jessica <jess428@...>
          > Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 7:13 am
          > Subject: [owcp] letter
          > To: owcp@yahoogroups.com
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          > > did anyone get a letter from the pc office of
          > inspector general
          > > about a
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        • Doug Hemken
          I wonder if they ll even notice that it was Elizabeth, my wife, who signed the receipt? Are there any OWCP lurkers on this email list? Douglas Hemken
          Message 4 of 22 , Sep 19 6:54 AM
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            I wonder if they'll even notice that it was Elizabeth, my wife, who
            signed the receipt? Are there any OWCP lurkers on this email list?

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

            dehemken@...
            262-4327

            ----- Original Message -----
            From: Heidi Fassnacht <riverock5@...>
            Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 7:24 am
            Subject: Re: [owcp] letter
            To: owcp@yahoogroups.com

            > Ditto. This is the second one of these I've gotten.
            > I've heard nothing from PC or anyone else for that
            > matter in the mean time. This time the letter was not
            > just certified though, they had a return receipt on it
            > (ie. I had to sign two things saying I got the letter.
            > One of them was a post card that gets sent back to
            > PC).
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            >
            > --- Doug Hemken <dehemken@...> wrote:
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            > > I got it too ... again, after a couple of years.
            > >
            > > Douglas Hemken
            > > Statistical Computing Specialist
            > > Social Science Computing Coop
            > > 4226I Social Science Bldg.
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            > > dehemken@...
            > > 262-4327
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            > > ----- Original Message -----
            > > From: Jessica <jess428@...>
            > > Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 7:13 am
            > > Subject: [owcp] letter
            > > To: owcp@yahoogroups.com
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            > > > did anyone get a letter from the pc office of
            > > inspector general
            > > > about a
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          • Jessica
            my mom signed for mine b/c it went to my parents home address in another state!
            Message 5 of 22 , Sep 19 12:12 PM
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              my mom signed for mine b/c it went to my parents home address in
              another state!

              --- In owcp@yahoogroups.com, Doug Hemken <dehemken@...> wrote:
              >
              > I wonder if they'll even notice that it was Elizabeth, my wife, who
              > signed the receipt? Are there any OWCP lurkers on this email list?
              >
              > Douglas Hemken
              > Statistical Computing Specialist
              > Social Science Computing Coop
              > 4226I Social Science Bldg.
              >
              > dehemken@...
              > 262-4327
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              > ----- Original Message -----
              > From: Heidi Fassnacht <riverock5@...>
              > Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 7:24 am
              > Subject: Re: [owcp] letter
              > To: owcp@yahoogroups.com
              >
              > > Ditto. This is the second one of these I've gotten.
              > > I've heard nothing from PC or anyone else for that
              > > matter in the mean time. This time the letter was not
              > > just certified though, they had a return receipt on it
              > > (ie. I had to sign two things saying I got the letter.
              > > One of them was a post card that gets sent back to
              > > PC).
              > >
              > >
              > > --- Doug Hemken <dehemken@...> wrote:
              > >
              > > > I got it too ... again, after a couple of years.
              > > >
              > > > Douglas Hemken
              > > > Statistical Computing Specialist
              > > > Social Science Computing Coop
              > > > 4226I Social Science Bldg.
              > > >
              > > > dehemken@...
              > > > 262-4327
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              > > > ----- Original Message -----
              > > > From: Jessica <jess428@...>
              > > > Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 7:13 am
              > > > Subject: [owcp] letter
              > > > To: owcp@yahoogroups.com
              > > >
              > > > > did anyone get a letter from the pc office of
              > > > inspector general
              > > > > about a
              > > > > review of cases?
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              > > "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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            • FourDirect@aol.com
              I haven t even bothered to go to the post office and track mine down. I still feel so insulted by their attitude. Doug, I can t imagine any of them are lurking
              Message 6 of 22 , Sep 19 6:30 PM
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                I haven't even bothered to go to the post office and track mine down. I still feel so insulted by their attitude.
                 
                Doug, I can't imagine any of them are lurking here but they should know how we feel!
                 
                Best to everyone,
                Nancy
                NYC
              • dj bryant
                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
                Message 7 of 22 , Sep 20 10:19 AM
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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.

                  Disability is not my career choice; this is not the life I wanted nor the
                  one I would choose.

                  Meg Wallace, RPCV (Armenia, 2000- 2003)
                • Felicia
                  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
                  Message 8 of 22 , Sep 20 1:50 PM
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                    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.

                    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

                    > 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.
                    >
                    > Disability is not my career choice; this is not the life I
                    > wanted nor the
                    > one I would choose.
                    >
                    > Meg Wallace, RPCV (Armenia, 2000- 2003)
                    >
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                  • Doug Hemken
                    Contact you Senator. In my experience, they can be very helpful with OWCP. Douglas Hemken Statistical Computing Specialist Social Science Computing Coop 4226I
                    Message 9 of 22 , Sep 20 2:21 PM
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                      Contact you Senator. In my experience, they can be very helpful with OWCP.

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

                      dehemken@...
                      262-4327

                      ----- Original Message -----
                      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.
                      >
                      > 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
                      >
                      > > 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.
                      > >
                      > > Disability is not my career choice; this is not the life I
                      > > wanted nor the
                      > > one I would choose.
                      > >
                      > > Meg Wallace, RPCV (Armenia, 2000- 2003)
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                    • Doug Hemken
                      And to add another question to Felicia s, what happens when you retire? Douglas Hemken Statistical Computing Specialist Social Science Computing Coop 4226I
                      Message 10 of 22 , Sep 20 2:21 PM
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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.

                        dehemken@...
                        262-4327

                        ----- Original Message -----
                        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.
                        >
                        > 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
                        >
                        > > 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.
                        > >
                        > > Disability is not my career choice; this is not the life I
                        > > wanted nor the
                        > > one I would choose.
                        > >
                        > > Meg Wallace, RPCV (Armenia, 2000- 2003)
                        > >
                        > >
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                        > > Yahoo! Groups Links
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                      • Felicia
                        How long did it take before you were considered at a medical end point? I have some kind of brain damage, which is not treatable, although they could give me
                        Message 11 of 22 , Sep 20 5:33 PM
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                          How long did it take before you were considered at a
                          medical end point? I have some kind of brain damage,
                          which is not treatable, although they could give me
                          medication to mitigate the anxiety, etc. I've been this
                          way for two years. I was told that eventually they would
                          try to settle out of court with some kind of lump sum, if
                          it looked like I was never going to get any better.
                          Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had gone through
                          anything like that. (Oh, and my husband's suggestion was
                          to get a lawyer.) -- Felicia

                          >> > 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.
                          >> >
                          >> > Disability is not my career choice; this is not the
                          >> life I
                          >> > wanted nor the
                          >> > one I would choose.
                          >> >
                          >> > Meg Wallace, RPCV (Armenia, 2000- 2003)
                          >> >
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                        • krcorwin@pacbell.net
                          I got to that point (medical end point ) after about ten years when they granted me what s called a scheduled award , which means they have a table in the
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                            I got to that point (medical end point ) after about ten years when they granted me what’s called a “scheduled award”, which means they have a table in the Civil Code that values each and every disability with a percent of total and you get so many weeks compensation for each percent. In my case it was fairly straight forward because they have a long established standard for the loss of an extremety. This is the way we finally get paid off, but even after that I have qualified for compensation for lost work (at my PC rate) if one of the conditions which was incurred during my PC service caused me to be Temporarily Totally Disabled. My DOI was 10/28/71 and I’ve received treatment every year, prosthetic devices, and compensation for lost work when it became necessary to due further surgery as late as 1999. As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts I have been fortunate in that the line of treatment has been so well documented that there has never been any question about the cause of the injury. While they have yet to refuse me they have played some irritating games of passive-aggressive and more than one medical vendor has passed on my case because of the time it takes for them to get paid.

                             


                            From: owcp@yahoogroups.com [mailto:owcp@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Felicia
                            Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 5:34 PM
                            To: owcp@yahoogroups.com
                            Subject: Re: [owcp] Re: insurance and retirement

                             

                            How long did it take before you were considered at a
                            medical end point? I have some kind of brain damage,
                            which is not treatable, although they could give me
                            medication to mitigate the anxiety, etc. I've been this
                            way for two years. I was told that eventually they would
                            try to settle out of court with some kind of lump sum, if
                            it looked like I was never going to get any better.
                            Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had gone through
                            anything like that. (Oh, and my husband's suggestion was
                            to get a lawyer.) -- Felicia

                            >> > I got one of these lovely letters as well; figured it
                            >> was
                            >> > pro forma red tape
                            >> > and rat race.
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                            >> > 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.
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                            >> > 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.
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                            >> > 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
                            w:st="on">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.
                            >> >
                            >> > 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 (
                            w:st="on">Armenia , 2000- 2003)
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                          • Heidi Fassnacht
                            when i ve been between things, i ve applied for short term major medical. i was told if i applied for any kind of regular insurance, i would only be accepted
                            Message 13 of 22 , Sep 21 5:32 AM
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                              when i've been between things, i've applied for short
                              term major medical. i was told if i applied for any
                              kind of regular insurance, i would only be accepted
                              with riders, which would basically black list me for
                              the future. usually you can get short term stuff that
                              can be renewed a couple times. i doesn't covered
                              regular stuff (probably whatever expenses you have
                              assoc with your PC injury/illness) but would cover you
                              in the event of a big accident.

                              i tried applying for SSD not too long after i returned
                              home. the process is long and i was told that pretty
                              much everyone is denied first time round. so it
                              likely depends on how much time you have to deal with
                              this.

                              heidi

                              >
                              > 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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                            • Felicia
                              We re considering just major medical, but getting sick and seeing the doctor, seeing the GYN, and dealing with other regular problems aren t covered, which
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                                We're considering just major medical, but getting sick and
                                seeing the doctor, seeing the GYN, and dealing with other
                                regular problems aren't covered, which will mean I will
                                have to pay a lot out of pocket. What I need is major
                                medical plus GYN coverage. As for SSD, if I start looking
                                like I'll ever recover, then I probably won't go for it.
                                However, it has been 2 years and I'm still completely
                                unable to work. *shrug* I've written a letter to the
                                OWCP asking about the insurance issue. Perhaps they'll
                                have something useful to say. -- Felicia

                                > when i've been between things, i've applied for short
                                > term major medical. i was told if i applied for any
                                > kind of regular insurance, i would only be accepted
                                > with riders, which would basically black list me for
                                > the future. usually you can get short term stuff that
                                > can be renewed a couple times. i doesn't covered
                                > regular stuff (probably whatever expenses you have
                                > assoc with your PC injury/illness) but would cover you
                                > in the event of a big accident.
                                >
                                > i tried applying for SSD not too long after i returned
                                > home. the process is long and i was told that pretty
                                > much everyone is denied first time round. so it
                                > likely depends on how much time you have to deal with
                                > this.
                                >
                                > heidi
                                >
                                >>
                                >> 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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                              • Kaericsson@cs.com
                                In Minnesota, the only insurance that someone who has developed a mental disorder(such as I have) can get is through the MN Comprehensive Health Program, which
                                Message 15 of 22 , Sep 21 11:18 AM
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                                  In Minnesota, the only insurance that someone who has developed a mental disorder(such as I have) can get is through the MN Comprehensive Health Program, which is now administered through Medica. It is the most pricey insurance in Minnesota, though a little less so if you don't inhale tobacco.

                                  In my case OWCP covers all my psychiatric services (office visits, hospitalization, meds and lab work) and Medica does co-pay on the rest (annual physicals, etc -- anything not directly related to my Peace Corps disability.) Medica might also do co-pay on the Peace Corps disability, but OWCP is comprehensive there, it just is cumbersome and works like a bear.

                                  Anyway, in the end OWCP has always come through. I have been in the OWCP system for 18 years -- you just have to hang in there and "don't panic."
                                  What can you do, all health insurance agencies often goof up.

                                  I know that not everyone "has it so good." Other states have different insurance systems.

                                  Good luck.

                                  Kriste

                                  Heidi Fassnacht <riverock5@...> wrote:

                                  >when i've been between things, i've applied for short
                                  >term major medical. i was told if i applied for any
                                  >kind of regular insurance, i would only be accepted
                                  >with riders, which would basically black list me for
                                  >the future. usually you can get short term stuff that
                                  >can be renewed a couple times. i doesn't covered
                                  >regular stuff (probably whatever expenses you have
                                  >assoc with your PC injury/illness) but would cover you
                                  >in the event of a big accident.
                                  >
                                  >i tried applying for SSD not too long after i returned
                                  >home. the process is long and i was told that pretty
                                  >much everyone is denied first time round. so it
                                  >likely depends on how much time you have to deal with
                                  >this.
                                  >
                                  >heidi
                                  >
                                  >>
                                  >> 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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