DEEOIC Hosted Town Hall Meetings & a Medical Benefits Roundtable Discussion in Portsmouth, Ohio – On July 17, 2013, DEEOIC hosted two (2) Town Hall Meetings (THM) for EEOICPA claimants at 9:30 am and 3:30 pm at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union #577 in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Resource Center reported 53 attendees at the morning session and 47 attendees at the afternoon session. Doug Dawkins from the National Office Policy Branch and Kelly Allen from the Cleveland district office were the presenters. Nicole Metcalf of the Cleveland district office assisted with claim status updates during both sessions. The Resource Center set up two tables: one to register attendees, assist individuals in filing claims, and provide claim status updates; and another with informational handouts, a list of enrolled providers, and copies of the presentation. Others attending this event included Kim Holt and James McQuade of the Ombudsman’s Office. Greg Robinson from the National Office, Branch of Outreach and Technical Assistance, organized the July 17 & 18, 2013 events.
On July 18, 2013, DEEOIC hosted an informational meeting at the Electrician’s Union Hall Local #575 in Portsmouth, OH, to provide home health care (HHC) providers with information about medical benefits and HHC services provided under the EEOICPA. Seven (7) HHC providers participated in the afternoon session to get a better understanding of how to improve the delivery of service to EEOICPA claimants. The session included a prepared presentation as well as time for questions and answers. Doug Dawkins from the National Office Policy Branch and Kelly Allen from the Cleveland district office, were the presenters. Nicole Metcalf, Senior Claims Examiner of the Cleveland district office, and staff members from the Portsmouth Resource Center were also on hand to assist with the event. Other attendees included Kim Holt and James McQuade of the Ombudsman’s Office.