Jim's Trek V, my exercise journey now on my Schwinn 170 from Tampa to parts unknown...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Day 135+40 – (AD 1,297) – 20.2 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I cycled my Schwinn 170 20.2 miles. Totals are now at 27,604.5 miles; 44,425.2 kilometers. And one can say that I have been consistent. This is my 1,400th post since I began this crazy Trek on December 2, 2012. (Yes, I do keep track.)


And I am now 27.8% of the distance completed to my next destination and goal point on Mars.

Medicare reclassification saga may have been completed as of yesterday February 21, 2017. This has been the sequence of events and all-things-being-equal someone somewhere does not know how to convey or read instructions in a clear and concise manner.

1. 12/13/2016 – My retirement

2. 01/05/2017 - Attempt to make doctor's appointment

3. Medicate inadvertently reclassified me from "Disabled" to "Work-capable"

4. 01/06/2017 - Contact Medicare. Fender-bender (not my fault) from 08/17/2015 not closed in my case.

5. I contact both insurance companies. State Farm, my company, had not closed the case on 08/19/2015. USAA, insurance coverage of idiot who hit me, had processed all paperwork.

6. 01/06/2017 - I contact State Farm to close the case. (Oh yes, the total amount of coverage required was $338.) I requested both insurance companies to fax closure paperwork to Medicare.

7. 01/10/2017 - I contact Medicare. They have not received faxes.

8. 01/10/2017 - I ask insurance companies to send me electronic copies of with correct information to me.

9. 01/12/2017 - I purchase iPad Fax app and fax documents to Medicare.

10. 01/13/2017 - I contact Medicare. They have received my faxes. Inform me that within the next 4 to 5 business days they will be mailing me a package to complete.

11. 01/30/2017 - I finally receive a package in the mail from Medicare. (I wondered what business day calendar they are using.)

12. 02/10/2017 - I gather and complete required documents and fax to Medicare. Was told to wait 5 business days.

13. 02/17/2017 - I contact Medicare to verify receipt. I am told that they will be reviewing my case. I am told that it will take 45 days to review the paperwork and close the case.

14. 02/21/2017 - I receive confirmation in the mail today that the August 17, 2015, case is closed.

15. I call Medicare to now reclassify my Medicare status.

16. I am put on hold for 30 minutes.

17. I am transfered to the next department at Medicare and put on call-back in 50 minutes.

18. I receive the call-back and then put on hold for 30 minutes.

19. I am then transferred once again and put on hold for 22 minutes.

20. I then ask the Medicare representative to please reclassify my status, what started this whole confusion, from "Medicare - work capable" to "Medicare - disabled".

21. I am asked all sort of questions pertaining to my case specifically to the closing of the August 2015 case as well as a number of other questions.

22. I am then asked as to what was my retirement date. I respond. I am informed that as everything appeared to be in place that I am now considered "Medicare - entitled to age". I respond - "Say what? What happened to the "Medicare - work capable" versus "Medicare - disabled"?

23. I am told that there is no such thing as "Medicare - work capable". I fell on the floor.

As I get up, I ask why did I have to go through this mental and physical exercise...and was told, "I am sorry Mr. Smith, someone must have got something wrong somewhere."

I then asked, "Is everything okay with my account? And do I now have the correct coverage?"

"Yes, Mr. Smith. Is there anything else I can help you with?"

Case closed! Supposedly!



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Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim