Due to a form letter that the SSA claimed I never returned to their office the folks in Washington decided to suspend my Medicare benefits. Which I found odd as they had sent me 5 of the “Report to United States Social Security Administration” What they wanted to know was where I was living. I’ll assume that the word “PHILIPPINES “on my return address was no indication to them of my whereabouts.
The threat was to suspend my Medicare parts A & B, but while I’m under this suspension they will continue to collect all and any monies due. So even while out in the cold they still want my money. God love ‘em But the fact was I returned all five of the forms they had sent me, so now when I filled it out, I scanned it into my putter and just printed and signed and forward the rest as each arrived every month.
The final letter arrived and said: you Mr. Thompson are in deep doo-doo and on the outs with the POWERFUL ones, but I may avail of and submit a “Right to Appeal” if I disagree with their findings. So I download the Request for Reconsideration form number SSA-561-U2 filled it out, wrote a cover letter and reprinted the copies of the forms I’d already sent in with the proper dates and smiled as I know a secret: “He who writes it down (Or keeps copies) will always win when dealing with a Bureaucrat.” Whether you did or didn’t do it really doesn’t matter, because it’s for damn sure they did not write anything down.
Two weeks go by with no answers back from the puzzle factory in Washington DC, besides did I mention that while living in the Philippines I can not avail of Medicare?
What to do, what to do? Then it dawned on me that the last time I had a problem with the “SSA” I called the US Embassy in Manila (ext 9) and a young sounding Pinay helped me out, within minutes. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and likes her job.
So I tried it once more, the phone was answered after two ring-a-dings and within 3 minutes, count them “3” minutes she informed me that all was well, and I’m to disregard the Bad Letters I received from DC.
Again the very same young lady worked her magic and never left her desk in Manila! Those folks in DC were never going to write and tell me, for they had moved on to annoy another taxpaying citizen.
Here is an excerpt from the letter I sent them which might explain their lack of interest in me:
Your letter of February 3, 2014 stated that you can no longer pay benefits due to my non-returning of your form “Report to United States Social Security Administration” The truth is I’ve returned no less than 5 of your forms. Where they go after I mail them in the envelope your office provides I cannot speak to that. But if you would send me a few more I’ll gladly fill them out and return them to your office. While we are chatting your office has never sent me my Medicare ID Card.
So once more the peace between the Government of the United States and Paul is holding steady. Big Brother will try again, but as they have proved during the last seven years they are becoming a paper tiger, albeit a vindictive paper tiger.
Lessons learned if you receive any mail on any subject from the boys and girls in Washington, Read only the subject line, to keep you blood pressure in check, and immediately call the helpfully young Piney at the US Embassy.
Hell even if you are not an American, I’ll bet she’ll know more than those in your home country, or at least who to talk to.