As you are aware over the last month there have been several reports about the insurance companies and the denial of claims involving injured war zone contractors. I am writing you this letter to say it is time that more has to be done to bring light to what is going on. Too many contractors’ and their families are suffering day to day losing everything they have. They are losing their home, cars, life savings, and lives.
Many of these men and women who risked their lives to go over to help our men and women in uniform either in a support element or in a protection element should not have to come home and fight for medical treatment. They should not have to fight for compensation payments to keep their rent or mortgage payments made month to month. Many of these men and women are coming home to sub standard health care. While many are left to fend for themselves or rely on family to make it back to the United States for medical treatment using their own money with no help from their employers or the insurance companies.
We do not deny that there are rules that have to be followed, this is not in dispute. In government there is always paperwork that needs to be filled out. The problem is when there is no oversight to make sure that the companies that employ the contractors or insure the contractors follow the correct procedures when their contractor has been injured or killed. It is the contractor or the surviving family who pays in the long run. The laws were written to protect the Federal Based Contractors who work in these jobs. These laws are not being enforced by the Department of Labor or the Federal Judges who have sworn to uphold the law.
There is a flaw in the DBA law when the insurance companies are paid with taxpayer’s money and so are their lawyers. The firms that they have hired have worked to help write the oversight laws and legislative laws for the DOL and DBA laws that are used. These firms are paid millions to help deny the claims of men and women that have been hurt. If a contractor is taken away in an emergency situation he or she has no control over if paperwork is done. Many times these contractors are taken out of the country within hours of their injuries. These contractors can not yell “Wait I know I am bleeding to death but I need this filled out before I am taken anywhere.”
When is enough going to be enough for media and government to finally shine the light on what is going on to these men and women. When is it going to be time for everyone to stop shying away from the big companies and do the right thing? The stories are right here in front of you. We are more than willing to talk, we want to talk and we want to tell you our stories. There are contractors all over the world that are suffering. These are not even counting the wives and husbands who have lost their loved ones and are left out in the cold with no death benefits because of these insurance companies. Please give us a chance to tell you our stories. Let us give you the facts. Help us get our day in front of Congress. We cannot do this without your help. Many of us have been trying to do this with little or no help for years.
We want to know why the DOL isn’t fining the insurance companies. We want to know why it can take up to 4 years to get into court. Why is it when they cut off all your benefits, health care, deny medical treatment, we have to wait months, years to get a day in court for the insurance companies to be told pay up? Then when they are told to pay up they are not even fined nor do the payments restart. It usually takes another court date for payments to start after the initial court date approving the payments. By law they should be held accountable for these actions. How is it that these insurance companies can delay getting court dates over and over again? There is no excuse; it is time America holds them responsible for the injustice, cruelty, and for their actions of reckless negligence for profit.
Thank you for your time.
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