I searched and could not exactly find an answer to this, I have only posted a few times so if there is another thread on this then I apologize for starting a new one. Awhile back I filed for IU and a few months ago I received my award letter denying me IU but instead was informed that my Bipolar was being upgraded from a 70% rating to a 100% rating. The letter also informed me that I would be receiving SMC for being determined that I am housebound and that the VA was proposing a rating of incompetency and that I needed to name a fiduciary to manage my finances. There was no mention of P&T in the letter just a portion that stated that myself and my spouse were eligible for ID cards to access the base, I called my VSO and was told that you can get rated P&T after you have had a rating for 20 years. I called the 800 number and was told that they were not sure if I was rated as P&T, that they could not find anything in my file that said yes or no. My question is, how would I go about finding this out? if the VA is proposing me incompetent and housebound for mental health issues, how is that not permanent? Thank you in advance for any information that is given to help me understand this.
Thank you Dave, the only future exams it mentions are for my other disabilities, that were found to have not increased in severity. I appreciate your response, if I may ask another question? since I am 100% for bipolar how would I go about being considered for P&T? and would it even be worth it being 100% already?
Thank you again for your response, I do not have college age children, but my wife is in the process of getting her pre-requisites done to attempt to get into pharmacy school and because of all of my appointments, she has had to go part time at her job and with the Walla Walla VA being 94 miles away there and back, that hasn't helped either, thus not being eligible for health care. I did apply for Champva and was denied, but I was informed in my award letter from my claim that I was eligible for Exchange and Commissary privileges and made a trip to Fairchild AFB here in Washington and my wife, myself and my teenage daughter were given brown military ID cards with my expiration date being INDEF ans shows exchange, commissary, and MWR privileges, my wife daughters cards expire in 4 years.
An important note. Over the years including this one, veterans rated P&T have been re-examined in a C&P process. That can and does happen.
It is important that the service connected veteran continue with all medical appointments and complain to their providers regarding their condition. If a person does not go to their medical appointments, OR they do not complain about the condition, it is assumed the condition has improved.
In many posts, many times I have warned veterans that some VA employees enjoy whacking a veterans benefits, some people go out of their way to find errors, or at least a reason.
Note: keyword was and is some.
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Yes, it means extra benefits. It means that it is not expected to improve. It means there are no exams scheduled. It does not mean they can not review your case and reduce your rating if you get better.
If you fail to seek treatment at a VA facility, they assumption is that you got better. In that case, they can flag you case for review and exams.
Ok, so I have been rated P&T and also have a letter that states "No Future Exams Scheduled". I have had no exams in over 10 years, have kept all my appointments and am 59 yrs. old. My question is that my psych asks me at every appointment(every 4 months) if I am feeling any better. I always answer, "Am feeling same as before, no improvement". So she keeps making adjustments, add one med, remove one and so forth. So what happens when a veteran does feel better but only because of the meds? So the veteran is only clinically better due to the meds. If the meds were to be taken away the vet would once again return to depression. So if I were to tell my doc that I am feeling somewhat better and then state "but only because of the meds", would that raise a red flag with the VA?