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fed6c  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, August 11, 2021 3:48:23 PM(UTC)
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When applying for disability retirement do you need to send your whole medical records or just your physicians statement? I used a lawyer provided by my liability insurance and just sent in a physicians statement which the lawyer said was all I needed. My agency is saying I need my medical records also.
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, August 11, 2021 5:24:30 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: fed6c Go to Quoted Post
When applying for disability retirement do you need to send your whole medical records or just your physicians statement? I used a lawyer provided by my liability insurance and just sent in a physicians statement which the lawyer said was all I needed. My agency is saying I need my medical records also.
I know most of your posts deal with your OWCP claim. What type of lawyer provided by your liability insurance works with OPM D.R.? It is best to forward your final medical narrative and or reports to OPM directly. The fewer medical records you submit would be best

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#3 Posted : Thursday, August 12, 2021 5:27:50 AM(UTC)
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I am still employed waiting the outcome of fit for duty so I had to turn my application in to my agency first.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, August 18, 2021 11:54:38 PM(UTC)
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You're not required to submit all medical records... but you do want to submit enough to substantiate your claim.

You also don't have to give your Agency any medical records; you can provide that directly to OPM.

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#5 Posted : Sunday, August 22, 2021 4:25:21 PM(UTC)
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Its been months since my fit for duty around May 28th when I turned it in and I have not heard a word back from my agency. I been burning sick leave all this time ! How do you go about sending opm medical records ?
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#6 Posted : Sunday, August 22, 2021 10:32:03 PM(UTC)
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Several options really... fax, mail, email, etc. I would include all materials with your submission like your application when you submit it. Make sure you receive proof of receipt. If a medical specialist is already assigned to your case, you can send it for their attention specifically.
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#7 Posted : Monday, August 23, 2021 7:49:24 AM(UTC)
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Ok I looked for a way online to send medical records to opm but didn't find anything. A specialist has not been assigned to me yet, my application just got sent to opm this week even though my agency has had it about a month.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, August 24, 2021 1:18:26 PM(UTC)
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Ok I looked for a way online to send medical records to opm but didn't find anything. A specialist has not been assigned to me yet, my application just got sent to opm this week even though my agency has had it about a month.
I'll give you the address to forward your records, which can be done when you get your CSA#. Did you file for SSDI already, a receipt is the only thing you need to provide? Don't you have that transition lawyer which I'm not sure would be your OPM D.R. advocate, so realize you are going to be all alone in this. Considering what you have posted about mental health issues, obtaining an OPM D.R. attorney is highly advised. Physical health issues like headaches or anything else that possibly exacerbate your health problems could and should be included in your claim
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, August 24, 2021 2:27:32 PM(UTC)
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Yes I applied for ssdi. Thanks for the address I think at this point it is just a waiting game .
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#10 Posted : Tuesday, August 24, 2021 2:52:37 PM(UTC)
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GSBS gave you the correct mailing address and phone number above. They claim the best time to reach them via telephone is first thing in the morning or Thursday/Friday afternoons.

E-mail: retire@opm.gov
Fax: 724.794.6633
Contact options: https://www.opm.gov/support/retirement/contact/

I realized OPM took down a lot of this information from the website, and it seems they prefer to be contacted via an online inquiry first. They now appear to claim they do not have a main fax number. If you wish to submit an online help request, use the link above.
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#11 Posted : Thursday, January 20, 2022 2:15:12 PM(UTC)
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OPM has me confused when I call opm they tell me my claim was denied on Jan 5 but the medical specialist assigned to me called and stated she don't know why I am being it is denied because she has not even looked at my case yet
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That's OPM for you. I'm sure if you call back and speak with another OPM rep you'll get a different story... it's best to call regularly and not rely too much on what one rep tells you. For me, it's somewhat easy to tell when a rep knows what they're talking about by their responses. Case in point, I have been told that OPM reps cannot disclose whether you've been approved or not; you have to receive OPM's decision via postal mail.
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#13 Posted : Friday, February 11, 2022 11:15:18 AM(UTC)
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I got my approval letter.When do I need to tell owcp that I got approved and want to switch to retirement so I don't miss a paycheck?
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#14 Posted : Friday, February 11, 2022 4:56:55 PM(UTC)
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I got my approval letter.When do I need to tell owcp that I got approved and want to switch to retirement so I don't miss a paycheck?
Congratulations! Whatever you miss will be paid, and don't count on that OPM 'paycheck' right away. While I know very little about OWCP, OPM works at a snails pace. Were you getting paid anything on OWCP? 75% non taxed income in theory sounds so much better that 40% taxed!

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#15 Posted : Saturday, February 12, 2022 6:00:51 AM(UTC)
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I am getting 75 % from owcp but I want to switch to retirement do to the hassle of dealing with owcp seems like everytime I go to the Dr owcp wants some kind of paperwork filled out.
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