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Shadowbunny

Queen of the Not-Rights
....Is there no way to just get the CoD changed by someone other than the original doctor?
Short answer: No. And as Ron pointed out, if the exclusion is FOR a broken hip, why in the world does she want it changed?

And the survivor benefits aren't going to change because of the nature of the CoD if this is for his military pension. Is there any way your MIL would sign up for an account here? Because there are answers to questions that you're not going to know.
 


Dandy Don

Senior Member
Was this doctor your father-in-law's personal physician or a doctor who performed an autopsy?

If no autopsy was performed, you may want to find out how much an autopsy would cost.

Here is a website that explains that in North Carolina you can ask for a change by submitting a "Request To Change a Record Form":

 
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isis297

Member
Short answer: No. And as Ron pointed out, if the exclusion is FOR a broken hip, why in the world does she want it changed?

And the survivor benefits aren't going to change because of the nature of the CoD if this is for his military pension. Is there any way your MIL would sign up for an account here? Because there are answers to questions that you're not going to know.
I wish she could. My MIL can't even navigate email on her iPad so it sits unused. :-(

I don't think she's worried about the accidental death policy as much as she is the survivor's benefits. I don't know why she is adamant she's going to get less.

Would you mind asking me the questions and then I can call her and get the answers?
 

Shadowbunny

Queen of the Not-Rights
Here are my questions:

1) Is the Survivor's Benefit she's worried about a part of her husband's Military Retirement pension? Not a private supplement or annuity, but $$ that actually comes from the government.

2) WHO told her the CoD would affect her benefits?
 

isis297

Member
From what I understand there was an accidental death policy which apparently a broken hip/death due to surgery of one is an exclusion of, a life insurance policy, and survivor benefits. All I know is, she said what she was going to receive was going to be less because of the way the CoD was listed. Is there no way to just get the CoD changed by someone other than the original doctor?
Ok, so I found out that it is the accidental death policies that she is concerned about. Having said that, Parkinsons wouldn't be counted as an accidental death reason anyhow, would it?
 

isis297

Member
Was this doctor your father-in-law's personal physician or a doctor who performed an autopsy?

If no autopsy was performed, you may want to find out how much an autopsy would cost.

Here is a website that explains that in North Carolina you can ask for a change by submitting a "Request To Change a Record Form":

I think the doctor was just the doctor at the VA hospice center. An autopsy was not done. My MIL said that she didn't understand looking back what the funeral home was telling her. She didn't think an autopsy would be needed, but looking back, she wished she had had one done. I guess they told her about some test after the fact, but by that point he had been cremated.

I will definitely look at the link you sent. But I'm not sure it matters now that I understand which policies she was upset about. I would guess Parkinsons OR a broken hip wouldn't help her in regards to them. :(
 

Shadowbunny

Queen of the Not-Rights
I figured. I don't understand why she was so adamant about getting the CoD changed then. I'm really sorry for wasting your time. She was so upset and I am actually one of those DIL's who loves her MIL so I wanted to help her if I could.
No apology necessary -- grief does weird things to people. She's blessed to have you in her life to help her through this storm; hopefully she's no longer focused on the CoD.
 
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