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Old 07-03-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default Medical Clearance for Lakenheath

I didn't see any other place to put this, so I figured here was the best out of all the threads. Anyways, my husband had been selected to go to england we got all the paper work we were told and applied for my medical clearance. We got word I was declined eve though me being a diabetic am in very good controle and do no need to see an endocrinologist very often. My husbandalso needs to see the same doctor so we are confused one why I was declined. We are appealing this but cannot seem to get any information. What can I do and is there any other diabetic spouses over there? Is there anything to help this, I am just stuck an I feel like I am holding my husband back due to my disease. I need help!
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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Active duty gets priority... They may have so many active duty patients (or even dependents) that they can't add one more person and meet needs for people who have issues randomly show up while there.

You can appeal. There was someone else I've read of who just appealed for depression and got approved... I'm not sure of the whole process but I know it was very involved. You would have to possibly prove you don't need the endo at all, which sounds like isn't possible most likely.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:07 PM   #3
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Yeah, I am preparing myself for that. But all the words we got were not recomended for ovrseas, so it is not a total shut out. I just need to know what all I need and can do to help win the appeal as best as possible.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:19 PM   #4
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Yeah, I am preparing myself for that. But all the words we got were not recomended for ovrseas, so it is not a total shut out. I just need to know what all I need and can do to help win the appeal as best as possible.
If it says you weren't recommended they're pretty much denying you. Start calling and find out the process to appeal. You'll need letters and as much documentation as possible that shows you don't really need help from the base OR that there is somewhere you can get the care you need that takes Tricare.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:56 PM   #5
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If it says you weren't recommended they're pretty much denying you. Start calling and find out the process to appeal. You'll need letters and as much documentation as possible that shows you don't really need help from the base OR that there is somewhere you can get the care you need that takes Tricare.
Your on MilitarySOS too right? I was just reading another womens post that is similar. Anyways, I have started to find off base endocrine clinics that take tricare they all are accepting tricare insurance that are close to base. I am also typing up a personal letter explaining I am will to see someone as little as once a year. I am in very good control and this move would make it even better. I also am going to ask my Endo here for a letter of recomendation on being seen less than here at the max every 6 months. I am willing to pay out of pocket for transport to go see a doc if need be. I am getting copies of all my lab result showing how well I am in control. My husband has a First Shirt calling around for us and if this fails we will try germany and if that fails we have a list of state side bases we want to go to. Is there anything else that I a not thinkin of tha might help? I man we really need to get out of this horrible base.
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Your on MilitarySOS too right? I was just reading another womens post that is similar. Anyways, I have started to find off base endocrine clinics that take tricare they all are accepting tricare insurance that are close to base. I am also typing up a personal letter explaining I am will to see someone as little as once a year. I am in very good control and this move would make it even better. I also am going to ask my Endo here for a letter of recomendation on being seen less than here at the max every 6 months. I am willing to pay out of pocket for transport to go see a doc if need be. I am getting copies of all my lab result showing how well I am in control. My husband has a First Shirt calling around for us and if this fails we will try germany and if that fails we have a list of state side bases we want to go to. Is there anything else that I a not thinkin of tha might help? I man we really need to get out of this horrible base.
This sounds like a good start, and I hope you are able to get things changed.

But just to explain, even if you are willing to transport yourself or see a doctor less often, the military is required to cover transport and doctors as often as you need them to, to that is where they are coming from. Also, the fact that your diabetes is under control now doesn't mean it will stay that way (from their perspective). It's a condition that increases the likelihood of you needing more care more often, and that's what they take into account.

I'm not saying that it is hopeless and that you shouldn't try; I'm just trying to explain how they see it so that maybe it makes more sense to you.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:36 AM   #7
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Your on MilitarySOS too right? I was just reading another womens post that is similar. Anyways, I have started to find off base endocrine clinics that take tricare they all are accepting tricare insurance that are close to base. I am also typing up a personal letter explaining I am will to see someone as little as once a year. I am in very good control and this move would make it even better. I also am going to ask my Endo here for a letter of recomendation on being seen less than here at the max every 6 months. I am willing to pay out of pocket for transport to go see a doc if need be. I am getting copies of all my lab result showing how well I am in control. My husband has a First Shirt calling around for us and if this fails we will try germany and if that fails we have a list of state side bases we want to go to. Is there anything else that I a not thinkin of tha might help? I man we really need to get out of this horrible base.
I think it sounds like a good start. We were going to appeal if I got denied here in Alaska. It's a process but can be worth it. The main thing will be the doctors who take tricare off base. I know that was the issue here in Alaska with the specialist I need. Good luck with everything. Also, make sure whatever med you're on currently are on the MTF formulary at the pharmacy.
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