Posted on May 9, 2020
SSgt Lisa J. Markland
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I have a pretty 'complicated' medical case but the VA continues to refuse at times to even consult with me despite internal VA referrals for the consults. They also refuse to refer me to anyone who possibly CAN help-- or the Mission Act options don't have any providers for the care needed within hours of me. Then they refuse to cover many of the meds that outside specialists suggest, costing me >$3,000 per year out-of-pocket. Is this OK at any level and would anyone have any suggestions for how to get the needed care? This way preceeded COVID-19 issues but continues despite it. I've been told the doctors won't even agree to a telehealth or video health consult at the VA across a few departments and programs. I'd already involved a senator's office a few years back and have made almost no progress. Help, please?
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SPC Richard Zacke
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SSgt Lisa J. Markland I know it's sonds a little crazy but send the White House a letter with all your complaints. It won't make it to the POTUS but he has a staff just for this. I was fighting the VA for a very complex lumbar back surgery and they kept denying it because of the very large amount of money it costs. Some guy at the VA Clinic told me that he had a simular problem and he wrote POTUS. It took him 6 months for a response but it was a great response The White House team sent a letter to his VA Clinic and told them to get it done!! I sent my letter with all that needed to be done and even a letter from the doctor telling them that I've already had 8 lumbar surgeries and will have more if not done correctly with this new methode using stem cells in cages screwed right to the vertabe 4 levels. On x-ray it looks like a roller coster, it's been just over a year since the surgery was done and the pain was gone when I came to in recovery. It worked so well the VA did my cervical surgery with the stem cells, I needed 4 levels but the VA thinks they know more that the surgeon that did it. I had that one done while waiting for lumbar approval and it was great but my doctor kept telling them I will need another surgery in about 18 months but the VA said NO!!! Well I'm now post-op 1.5 months and so far it's been great. I had this surgery during the corona-19 virus, that scared me more than the surgery itself. PLEASE give it a try, send to 1600 Pennsulvania. I sent mine to POTUS (spelled out) instead of The White House and mine took 9 months until I got a call one day from my VA clinic asking me to please come in as soon as possible to the VA clinic and go to the administraition office. I thought I had done something wrong and was probley in trouble because that's the way my luck is. MURPHY'S LAW and all that. When I got there and gave them my name I was sitting down getting ready for the usual hour wait but before my butt hit the seat thay called me back and told me that The White House has over ridden the VA denial and my auth forms were there and the doctor also got his the next day. Give it a shot you have nothing to lose. Good luck, I'll be praying for you.
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SSgt David Marks
SSgt David Marks
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SSgt Edmond Gaudelli Thank you for the info, but I live only on SSI + $272 VA disability pay. I don't have the money for a lawyer to fight for me. I wish I did, but I will admit t I at the wife and I failed on saving for retirement, but we spent all our money either in raising 3 boys or on my wife's, or my medical Bill's. Even though I stay broke most of the time, everything I have is paid for in full. No mortgage, no car or motorcycle payments.
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SSgt Edmond Gaudelli
SSgt Edmond Gaudelli
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They take all cases on a contingency basis. They only get paid if they win. Didn't cost me a dime. Check them out at: [login to see] . Good Luck!
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CPL Linda Breen
CPL Linda Breen
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So encouraging thank you.
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Paula Minger
Paula Minger
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Glad to hear that!
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SSgt Thomas A Tullis Jr
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VA's refusal isn't new but this level is disconcerting. Since a Senator has been involved and results aren't good, that leaves only one choice. Engage an attorney specializing VA issues.
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CW3 John Sarviss
CW3 John Sarviss
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SSgt Lisa J. Markland - File it under the privacy act. If you don’t get a response, file a non response.
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SSgt Lisa J. Markland
SSgt Lisa J. Markland
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CW3 John Sarviss Could you please explain a little more? I’ve never heard of the privacy act, only the freedom of information act. Could you please tell me what a non-response is as well? Thank you for trying to help!
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CW3 John Sarviss
CW3 John Sarviss
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SSgt Lisa J. Markland I don’t know how much I can relay to you. It’s best to email me. Without getting into much detail, it’s your right to see the information in your C file and 201. Email me filmpilot [at]gmail....
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CPL Linda Breen
CPL Linda Breen
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SSgt Lisa J. Markland
Some days I wake up and imagine I'm putting on armour.
and then I think about God and then I put on the armor of God and remember I'm a warrior and try not to get to depressed.
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CW4 Robert Mixon
CW4 Robert Mixon
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The Va does not have the &&& build a 13 billion aircraft carrier forgot about the operator for it buy a better tank and hire a civilian to maintain it. byk a 6 million chopper and will not pay for gas to operate it notis I said buy who gets the big bucks not the Va.
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SMSgt Billy Cesarano
SMSgt Billy Cesarano
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If you think the VA is bad, wait til they take over ALL healthcare.
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MAJ John Lavin
MAJ John Lavin
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You mean like the health care in Canada and Great Britain and France and Germany and Japan and Australia and New Zealand and in all the other industrialized nations except the US which is both FREE and JUST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER than Health Care in the US? You know something? In all those other countries that have National Health Systems their health statistics for every demographic group that resided in those countries show better results than for any demographic group that resides in the US. This is factual. So if Health Care is so good in the good ‘ol US fo A, why don’t you see masses of Canadians rushing the boarder crossings en masse trying to get “all the great medical care in the good ‘ol US of A”? Did you know that the Canadian National Health Care pays US hospitals and Doctors for health care obtained in the good ‘ol US of A by Canadian Citizens? So if National Health Care is so bad why don’t Canadians, who have a 3000 mile totally undefeated border with the USA, rush the border crossings trying to be first in line for health care in the US? Could it be that National Health Care is better than our form of care? Just ask Canadians what they think. Oh, I grew up in a Northern New England border town. Canada was one street and a slow flowing creek over from the house I grew up in. So I do have a lot of insight in what works in Canada and doesn’t work here.
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SFC Clifford Brewer
SFC Clifford Brewer
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It depend our health care on Military Base here in Germany is limited...doesn’t matter if one is a Veteran@ 100% or Civilian..we get told “Retirees are not see at this facility” off post care here is very expensive...
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