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 firstname.lastname@example.org, "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 email@example.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
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