Original Feb 9. 2012
When the document was presented to Our Federal Blue Cross insurance, they refused to pay the amount because the document says that it is what Medicare pays.
As it happens, the VA never collects it from Medicare and refuses to present any other bill against my Blue Cross. Blue Cross says that the document indicates that Medicare paid it. If it was documented that Medicare did not pay our Blue Cross Policies would pay.
The VA then determined that because I did not have a service connected disability and was not financially wanting, it billd me for the unbilled Medicare amount.
The VA continues to refuse to send any kind of document to my insurer that Medicare didn’t pay.
I chose the DeBakey Hospital because it was the best for my particular problems in that they treat a large variety of serious dermatological and rheumatic diseases as well as the kind of amputation, I needed.
Now it seems that even though I am a veteran of combat participation during the Vietnam War they go to lengths to avoid even proper payment of charges by my insurers.
This would appear that President Obama claims to support Veterans but seems to advocate a medical policy that really further disenfranchises Vets.
We are certainly aware that there are co-payments required for nonservice-connected conditions but they should be covered by the additional insurance we pay for to cover that event. Instead I am being required to pay the part that Medicare would normally pay for in a public hospital.
Though I don’t know the origin or cause of the strange lesions that caused the removal of my legs or whether they could have been connected to my combat service, I believe I should be able to go to a Veteran Hospital and at the lest get the care that they specialize in and allow the insurance that I pay so much for to pay their portion.
If any of you have received hospital care you know that we are all required by law to contribute to Medicare, and it is normally required to be the first payer for hospital services. This is the current government health plan!
In my case I served in the military and in a law enforcement capacity in the federal government where I worked in airports, seaports and along the borders as well as training foreign officials in Asia and suspect that I may even have had the opportunity to have contracted the conditions that precipitated my malady anywhere along the way.
As a related issue that really concerns me is that the GOVERNMENT in big letters, seems to have forgotten those Vets that served in combat but somehow were not present on certain ships or in certain areas of Vietnam and at certain times, where it is believed Agent Orange was sprayed at certain specific times.
I wonder how the chemical or any others we my not be aware of got onto the aircraft; who loaded the canisters on the planes and on which aircraft carriers, who was also working on the flight deck at that time as well as the armorers, Unfortunately combat risk takes place in many other locations and many unpredictable times. One can not always identify the risks that could have resulted in service connected disabilities and certainly cannot identify situations that precipitated them which is what our government tries to do. It seems to me that if you are playing in the game you must pay the entire price not quibble about some that might indicate less than honest playing of the game.
Viet Vets are excluded from most benefits that other Combat Vets get. Do I have or have I had PTSD? Perhaps! My wife and I have dealt with my bad dreams, awaking suddenly in the night, or jumping suddenly when touched and it rarely happens anymore. Other Vets I served with have had far worse problems such as serious impairment in thought or communication, persistent delusions or hallucinations, inappropriate behavior, persistent danger of hurting self or others, intermittent inability to perform activities of daily, memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or even own name.
I have been very lucky. I survived and am still here.
I would like to call your attention to the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Founded in 1978, it is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. It aggressively advocates on issues important to veterans of the Vietnam ‘Conflict’, seeks full access to quality health care for the Vets and seeks to identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service, hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans health care and work to create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans. Lastly they seek the fullest possible accounting of America’s POW/MIAs and support the next generation of America’s war veterans as well as serve our communities.
I urge you to support them when you can.