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Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
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Like some if not most of us who are not 50% or better SC'd, I think it is anyway, we have Co-pays to make for our medications, if our income is more than what the VA allows one to receive and not be required to pay Co-pays.
I'm one of those, but I am pretty close to that amount, but my expenses to live takes all that I make on my combined SSDI award and my 10% SC'd disability compensation. Anyway, I have built up a bill as a result of which I had an aggreement in place for a repayment schedule and a income hardship that keeps me from having to pay or accrue additional Co-pays. This has to be updated every three months so that the additional charges can be waved and once a year for the hardship so I won't have to pay these new charges.
Suffice it to say, I still have past owing charges for which I pay a small amount, to pay down and eventually pay off these prior charges. Someone or somehow, wires got crossed and it was believed that I had reneged on the agreement and they attached a percentage of my SSDI to the toon of $138.00 and change. By the time I noted the amount missing from this months SSDI direct deposit and got into see someone about it and even though I called and reported the day the deposit was made, I am being told the amount cannot be recovered this time, but they will make a note on my account so that future problems like this don't or shouldn't happen.
To add to my pain and suffering, I have to update both my income means test and my income hardship, to insure that I will be safe from incurring any additional charges, at least for the next 90 days, when I have to go in and personally talk to a clerk, so they can take any accrued charges in that 90 days and put those charges in the do not have to pay colum.
Mind you, I have cognitive and memory issues that make doing something in 90 days an iffy proposition at best, even if I note it on a calender, which I may or may not remember to look at, if I don't have other appointments or things other than pay bills, listed for that month.
They have nothing in place for consideration of people with similiar issues, that make doing something, even less than a week away, a problem in remembering it has to be done. It's almost gottem to the point that I may have to turn my accounts receivable and accounts payable, to a stranger, just so I can keep up with all that is going on with my bills and such. I only have one person who I would trust, that I have known for a long time, and one brother who is fit to take on such a task, but both, I am sorry to say, have family issues that take up more than a normal amount of their free time to be able to have the time to help me out, so I am left with a stranger who does this for a living and I can ill afford to pay someone to do it, when I can hardly meet my obligations as it stands.
Does anyone know if their is a way to appeal this taking of my money and who I should address it too? Even if I somehow missed a due date or time limit, my problems with my hardship and/or ability to pay hasn't changed, I still pay the agreed upon payback amount each month and I am up to date with that, it is only the information they want, that has to be updated at prescribed times that may be in question.
The letter, saying they are taking the money, came the day after the deposit of the money. I did not get any prior notice that I was in any kind of default at this time. I only received such a letter the first time, which was some time ago, which led to filing the hardship and getting it into place and where by a payback amount and schedule was arranged. I need that money back to stay on schedule, for the repairs needed to my bathroom and for added charges I will incure this coming winter for electricity and propane for heating. Otherwise, I have to somehow find a way, since this amount, although seemingly not that large, when every nickle and dime for bills and living costs are already accounted for, any deviation puts me behind schedule in paying future bills or trying somehow or someway that doesn't cost anything to reduce them.
At this point what I say is no more than a rant and doesn't add any help, it only goes to show my frustration and helplessness to things I can't control or have any power to change as far as I know. Besides, I need to try and, at least get in a nap before I have to get ready and make it to an 0800 a.m. appointment with my PCP.
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