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Re: Letter to Senator Gregg

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  • Kevin
    OWCP rotates claims examiners periodically. It s part of the way the agency chooses to operate! And it s another reason why continuity of care is so poor.
    Message 1 of 7 , Aug 6, 2007
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      OWCP rotates claims examiners periodically. It's part of the way the
      agency chooses to operate! And it's another reason why continuity of
      care is so poor.

      --- In owcp@yahoogroups.com, "Felicia" <felicia@...> wrote:
      >
      > I think that it is important to stress in the letter that
      > part of the problem (as you said below) is that our
      > conditions are often outside what the agency generally
      > deals with. That makes the frequent turn over of claims
      > examiners and lack of support from the Peace Corps side
      > more difficult for us. -- Felicia
      >
      > > Sue,
      > >
      > > I'm sure you're right. I don't think OWCP treats RPCVs
      > > worse than it
      > > does its other claimants. I'm sure we're a challenge for
      > > OWCP,
      > > however, given the special legislation under which we
      > > recieve
      > > benefits and the fact that many of our accepted conditions
      > > fall
      > > outside what the agency generally deals with. I do hope
      > > that, if we
      > > are in any way successful in getting OWCP to be more
      > > responsive, our
      > > efforts will benefit non-RPCVs too.
      > >
      > > Thanks for bringing up the issue of being able to find
      > > doctors who
      > > are willing to deal with OWCP. I'll try to work that into
      > > the next
      > > draft of the letter to Senator Gregg. Neither my
      > > acupuncturist nor
      > > her orthopedic surgeon husband will deal directly with
      > > OWCP because
      > > he's been burned by the agency in the past.
      > >
      > > As far as signing the letter, I am planning to be the only
      > > one who
      > > actually physically signs it (for the sake of expediency).
      > > For
      > > everyone else who wants to be a "signatory" I will put
      > > their name,
      > > location (city, state), and email address following my
      > > signature. If
      > > Senator Gregg balks, I can always provide his office with
      > > email
      > > evidence that everyone whose name appears on the letter
      > > did in fact
      > > consent to being included. If he decides he wants/needs a
      > > signature
      > > from everyone, we can figure out an easy way to comply via
      > > snail mail.
      > >
      > > I'd like to get the letter out soon, but I also want to
      > > wait for more
      > > comments. The draft hasn't even been posted for 24 hours.
      > > If I
      > > can't get the letter out by the end of the week, it will
      > > have to wait
      > > until the last week of the month.
      > >
      > > Kevin
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In owcp@yahoogroups.com, Sue T <sallie_ali_sue@>
      > > wrote:
      > >>
      > >> I apologize for being remiss here - it looks like you
      > >> asked this question a day or two ago. Life's been
      > >> busy.
      > >>
      > >> That said, I don't think my issue is specific to the
      > >> fact that my injury happened in Peace Corps. My issue
      > >> is that OWCP is woefully unresponsive to my needs. My
      > >> issue is one I'm sure is shared with all fed employees
      > >> injured on the job.
      > >>
      > >> If I had a genie in a bottle who could only grant me
      > >> one wish specific to my health, I'd ask the genie to
      > >> give me a doctor within 100 miles of my house so when
      > >> I have my next operation I can get transportation for
      > >> follow up and not be so far from my doctor when I need
      > >> medical attention in general.
      > >>
      > >> Each claim examiner I've had has made it abundantly
      > >> clear they "do not maintain a database of medical
      > >> providers, all you have to do, Miss Trone, is go to
      > >> your yellow pages, look up board certified orthopaedic
      > >> surgeons, and get an appointment." I've spent nearly
      > >> 50 hours, scouring my county and adjacent counties and
      > >> not a single doctor will have anything to do with me
      > >> b/c I'm OWCP. They will not bill ACS b/c it's a pain
      > >> in the ass.
      > >>
      > >> That pisses me off.
      > >>
      > >> I can't imagine what a single mother who works for the
      > >> feds does in a similar situation. I can't imagine
      > >> what someone who took Lariam does, either -- to be
      > >> sure, that has some very PC-specific points. As for
      > >> me, I think OWCP needs to be given some scrutiny.
      > >>
      > >> I get the feeling that I'm the only one in this forum
      > >> whose gripe is general.
      > >>
      > >> ST
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Yahoo! Groups Links
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
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