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Frogger  
#21 Posted : Wednesday, January 09, 2019 1:16:35 PM(UTC)
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That’s a fact, does not seem like there is a standard time line.
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#22 Posted : Wednesday, January 09, 2019 7:04:24 PM(UTC)
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I located a Washington number but was not able to use anyone's phone business hours today. Not sure if they could even try and help me figure out what is going on with my file. A thought did cross my mind but may be way off but is anyone else that has been waiting a few months or more for some kind of interim payment on SSDI? Just wondering if that may have anything to do with my delay or not. Someonesflower are you also on SSDI? I did send my ssa benefit sheet to Boyer's last year in January after my approval but who knows.
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#23 Posted : Wednesday, January 09, 2019 7:41:14 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: catspaw Go to Quoted Post
I am hoping you are wrong about getting FEHB reinstated sooner than one year after we get approved for disability & getting back TCC payments. TCC should be reimbursed as well as pay from the last time we were Feds. I did not want to leave the government but was forced too due to my health so TCC should be reimbursed. Maybe no one wanted to post they got it back. We all have to be very careful what we post here as big brother is watching so I take everything with a grain of salt. We can also go to court & sue the government for noncompliance. If you read OPM disability it appears everything should be reinstated. I hope so!

I hope I am wrong as well. Just reading Limpy's posts & threads again, he/she is being sued by not one but 2 collections agencies for FEHB/TCC premiums. Even SSDI is being garnished & the OPM D.R. will be as well, that is once it starts. I would tell Limpy you need to get in touch with the person doing your OPM finalization, you too as they will have no idea about any FEHB or TCC problems, and to fix this will involve multi agency coordination. I know you take internet postings with a grain of Salt, but you are talking to a person who was assigned a brand new family by OPM, and told to pay $10,000 for their back healthcare and got virtually nowhere for months. The OPM worker didn't even take calls from my FEHB FEP representative, and all faxes sent to her never seemed to go through. So I can sympathize with these problems because they're not taken seriously, too much extra time involved. You stand a great possibility being charged for your entire FEHB premiums again. Wouldn't it be a kick in the A$$ if you also get sued even though you don't owe them a penny and they technically owe you?
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#24 Posted : Thursday, January 10, 2019 1:52:56 PM(UTC)
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Fantastic, time to master the art of minimalism so you can enjoy the rest of your life as worry free as possible when it comes to financial issues.
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#25 Posted : Thursday, January 10, 2019 2:15:57 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: limpy1 Go to Quoted Post
I located a Washington number but was not able to use anyone's phone business hours today. Not sure if they could even try and help me figure out what is going on with my file. A thought did cross my mind but may be way off but is anyone else that has been waiting a few months or more for some kind of interim payment on SSDI? Just wondering if that may have anything to do with my delay or not. Someonesflower are you also on SSDI? I did send my ssa benefit sheet to Boyer's last year in January after my approval but who knows.


I am not on SSDI. I know if you are separated they go back to your agency to certify your last day in work status. I wonder if that has something to do with things? The breakup with my agency was fairly straightforward and my former HR people are high speed.

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#26 Posted : Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:26:22 PM(UTC)
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#27 Posted : Friday, January 11, 2019 3:22:52 PM(UTC)
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Congrats on the quick payments to those that have received theirs.
I called the number on the bottom of my approval letter this a.m. I was told my file is in Washington. She claimed they sent me a letter in early December (My approval was Oct.) asking for more medical. I was put on hold for a bit as she was trying to figure out why they would need more medical after an approval. She never was able to find out. I'd swear but thinking I had to have misunderstood her that she said they sent the request to me 8 times. (lol) The only thing she could tell me was my file is on hold in Washington and I need to write them a letter asking when I will receive benefit payments. I'm wondering if there may be another phone number in Washington. Asking and waiting for answers to questions via snail mail is a little 18th century I think. Especially when you are anxiously waiting for payments and bills are piling up.
If anyone here hasn't checked and was approved months ago maybe you should check on yours. I would have no idea it is sitting in limbo as I have received nothing from OPM since the approval.


If OPM is claiming they sent you a request for more info 8 times, I would make very sure they have the right address!
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#28 Posted : Friday, January 11, 2019 6:46:46 PM(UTC)
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Opm did repeat the right address to me. I had to have misheard her but it did strike me as funny so I repeated it. She could not tell me what it could be or what was going on at this point she said because she was in Boyer's and my file wasn't. Apparently those rumors of everything still being done by hand must be true.
I will mention those collections for fehb GSBS if I ever get through to anyone. That would be my luck. They'd deduct the premiums leaving no back pay and I'll still have the collection agencies with the 40% penalties garnishing me.
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#29 Posted : Saturday, January 12, 2019 9:14:31 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: limpy1 Go to Quoted Post
Opm did repeat the right address to me. I had to have misheard her but it did strike me as funny so I repeated it. She could not tell me what it could be or what was going on at this point she said because she was in Boyer's and my file wasn't. Apparently those rumors of everything still being done by hand must be true.
I will mention those collections for fehb GSBS if I ever get through to anyone. That would be my luck. They'd deduct the premiums leaving no back pay and I'll still have the collection agencies with the 40% penalties garnishing me.


Greetings,

Call them again. If you were sent 8 letters, then your claim is assigned to a body. I ask whoever answers the helpline to send an email to case worker to call you because you haven't received any. If that person does not do send the email, hang up and call again. I did this and got a call back from my assigned person.

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#30 Posted : Sunday, January 13, 2019 1:36:38 PM(UTC)
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FINALLY received a direct deposit, which I believe to be back pay in its entirety. There were no accompanying stubs or paperwork; my Services Online site remains blank. My Blue Book has been requested, and my attorney and I will pore over it together to ensure accuracy. GRATEFUL, GRATEFUL, GRATEFUL!!!

My Reconsideration was approved August 16, 2018. Yes, I was receiving SSDI when I applied for FERS DR.

CONGRATS to all who continue to receive Approvals! TAKE HEART those who are awaiting funds following Approval. I applied in February, 2016 and received my CSA in April, 2016.
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#31 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:01:01 AM(UTC)

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Congrats Qmelin for finally getting the money back. How long did it take for you to get approved since it was two years ago that you got your CSA? Was there a delay? Have you gotten your FEHB restored & if so, how long did that take?

Thanks everyone for your helpful comments. I will keep everyone posted on getting FEHB back, money refunded & Hopefully TCC premiums restored- I will stay on top of it all.
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#32 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2019 3:23:44 AM(UTC)
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I called OPM 3 days ago and the rep told me that they were working on applications that were filed in MAY of 2018. I sent in my application on September but my agency held onto it for 2 months awaiting something that was already in. The application didn't get to OPM until NOV 16th. She told me approval was running around 8 to 9 months from the time they received your application. So I shouldn't be hearing anything until August or September timeframe if they stay on track. I don't know why OPM cant get their ***** together. SSDI was said to be the hardest disability to get and I was approved in less than 3 months. Disabled persons should not have to wait so much time before receiving benefits. Its nuts. Sure we receive back pay if approved but that doesn't help now with the bills getting behind and food being scarce.


I truly hope they get their crap together soon. I hope you all get your approval letters soon and payments soon after that....Good Luck all!!
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#33 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2019 5:54:40 AM(UTC)

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Hope it comes sooner for you but I did wait over 8 months from the time I applied if that helps. The hardest part for me was losing FEHB. Anxiously waiting to get it back.
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#34 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2019 10:34:29 AM(UTC)
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Good luck, I am still waiting to be assigned to an annuity specialist.
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#35 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2019 11:12:53 AM(UTC)
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Hope it comes sooner for you but I did wait over 8 months from the time I applied if that helps. The hardest part for me was losing FEHB. Anxiously waiting to get it back.
Every regulation points to you should get all your money back. I have posted many times that Finalization is the worst step of them all, and for reasons you have mentioned and more. Unless you are in personal contact with the NFC and your OPM 'Specialist' and your Agency, just getting FEHB turned back on will be a monumental occurrence. Remember many here don't lose coverage so it is not normally addressed, the TCC thing is even more problematic.
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