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Old 10-29-2019, 01:26 PM   #1
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So, I pickup my mail yesterday afternoon and there are 4 envelopes from the Medicare Part D company. One has my new Medicare Part D ID card and the other 2 letters are basically a confirmation that I signed up for Part D with this particular company...


The 4th letter however was such a pain in the ass!!!!


I spend the next 5 hours!!! rooting around in filing boxes, going through pocket folders starting with the 2006 folder (I use a pocket forlder each year to hold mail that I think it's important to keep like letters from the county, US gov't letters, DMV, etc.) moving forward in time to 2019 looking for any documentation I might have saved that showed that I've signed up and paid for Medicare Part D since 2006 because the 4th letter stated that I was going to have to pay a penalty because I'd not signed up and paid for Medicare Part D!


It was exhausting and so damned irritating!!!


The other thing is that it shows just how anal I am because I actually saved the Part D ID card from 2006 along with the coupon payment booklet--which has handwritten notes on how and when I paid. I was able to find all the different Part D providers I've paid along with my provider member IDs for every year from 2006 to 2019. Who the hell thinks that they will ever need that info in the future so that they've tossed it all out?


Of course there was a form to fill out so I scanned the form's pages into Photoshop and then filled in the info with additional addendums like "see attached pages!" and "please see attached with full details", etc. and created PDFs. I typed up my proof showing each year with the provider name and my member ID--another PDF. It all went out in today's mail and I have my fingers crossed that will resolve this crap and I will never be bothered by this again.


On a positive note, I now know to continue saving this crap and, the crap is now all in one pile (a brand new, never been used before, pocket folder)...


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Old 10-29-2019, 06:37 PM   #2
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I've been thinking of using the yearly method too. Good thing you did that

   
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:02 AM   #3
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I like the folder idea; I sorta file everything during the year then (eventually) scan all the stuff from the previous year ... or years, if I've lacked the ambition previously ... to PDF, then shred the original stuff.

   
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:46 AM   #4
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I forgot to ask, what size/type folder did you use for your yearly folder.

   
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Old 10-30-2019, 12:58 PM   #5
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andrew: Good thing you did that
Indeed!!! '-}}


I like the letter sized pocket folders. The last batch I bought at Office Depot are labelled:

2" Expanding File Jackets, letter sized manila, part number: 150848...found the url:
https://www.officedepot.com/a/produc...la-Double-Top/



I prefer letter-sized (I believe they also make legal-sized ones) because it fits in standard filing cabinets and also the regular document sized storage boxes (paper or heavy duty plastic). I also prefer these pocket folders because then stuff stays in the damned folder and doesn't all out the sides--basically, it's all contained...'-}}



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Old 10-30-2019, 01:14 PM   #6
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steve: I like the folder idea; I sorta file everything during the year then (eventually) scan all the stuff from the previous year
What I realized the other day was that I thought I had scanned the important SSA/Medicare/tax stuff but the reality was that I hadn't because it had never occurred to me that I'd have to prove anything like Medicare Part D enrollment.

Basically, I viewed it as detrius and if I'd been less anal, I would have tossed it out long ago--who the hell (other than me) keeps 13 year old paperwork? I'm just lucky that my 2005-2008 folders were in a file storage box in my closet and I'd not done anything with that box for years...


I think scanning and shredding is a practical approach and I'd suggest scanning every damned thing before shredding...'-}}





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Old 10-31-2019, 08:10 AM   #7
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>> who the hell (other than me) keeps 13 year old paperwork?

Me. Every time I ask an accountant how long I should keep personal and business records, they start by saying 3 years. Then the "But ifs" start. Eventually, it lands on "Well, if you want to be really safe ...." and a full basement. Thank heavens for document scanners!

Some of it went out a few years ago when we had a basement flood. IRS be damned, I was NOT going to keep moldymildewed stuff from decades ago. That, at least, went out.

   
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steve: Then the "But ifs" start.
Exactly!!! It's so nice to know I'm not the only one who considers those "But ifs"...'-}}




>>Thank heavens for document scanners!

I can't remember if I told you that I finally talked my sister (the one next door) into getting a document scanner?


A few months ago she bought some HP AIO piece of crap without telling me (the nerve!!! '-}}) and then expected me to install the piece of crap which I did pissing and moaning the entire time because HP's AIO install process is so incredibly annoying. The reason she bought the new AIO is because her cute (now aging) Brother AIO was not feeding the paper properly when she used the AIO's document feeder.


I have tried over the years to get her to buy a dedicated document scanner and she's always resisted--to be fair, the pricing on them has been high--and so she's used the AIO approach. After installing the HP, I pretty much washed my hands of it and within a few weeks, she wasn't happy with the HP's document scanning and she ended up selling it to one of her clients who is most happy with it--basically she got most of the money she paid for the printer back.


I had previously done some research on document scanners and I updated that looking for a balance of not too pricey, machine quality and scanning options. I found the Brother ADS2200 which looked like a reasonable choice and then amazon had it on sale for just over $200 and my sister ordered it...


I have resisted the temptation to say "I told you so..." everytime she tells me how amazing! the ADS2200 is and how much she loves!!! it...'-}}



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Old 11-01-2019, 06:39 AM   #9
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Good to know that the Bro' is working well for her.

   
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Old 11-01-2019, 12:52 PM   #10
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Given the price, it's not like superdoopergonnalastalongtime (like the Fujitsu's ScanSnaps) but it's not flimsy either. If it lasts as long as her Brother AIO (MFCJ410W purchased at Office Depot for $60 in 2011) which, aside from the paper feed issues, is in good working order, then it will have been worth the price...




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