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Monday, March 15, 2010

Prove you have dependents

Anonymously contributed:

LLNS asking for documents they already have on file in your personnel records to prove who your dependents are because they're to lazy to do the search themselves. Along with this they threaten you with cancellation of your medical insurance unless you comply by April 16th as of they were the IRS. What a waste of $80M a year, plus perks and raise for ULM. What did these !!! ask you for.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

The LLCs don't trust their lab employees and see them as crooks, even though they might have Q clearances.

Conversely, the lab employees don't trust the LLC executive management team as see them as little more than opportunistic carpet-baggers.

My bet on which view is most correct goes with the latter.

Anonymous said...

While I'd be the first to admit the LLC management is a hideous mistake, and Congress is running the Labs and the country simultaneously into the ground, validating dependents makes some sense.

LANS already did this a while back.

At least at LANL more than a few people had "dependents" like unadopted grandchildren we all got to pay for.

A Q clearance doesn't tell me much of anything. Wen Ho Lee, Jessica Quintana and Klaus Fuchs all had Q clearances.

Anonymous said...

Marriage Certificate. Wheee as if the jerks didn't know this already. I also got the threats of none compliance will cost you your medical benefits for a year. AH's.

Anonymous said...

LLC ULM are clearly carpet-baggers. Nevertheless, this process has uncovered employees who were claiming dependents improperly.

It's not a big deal to prove you have dependents unless you don't.

Anonymous said...

LLNS executive management to their employees:

"You're all guilty of something. We just need to determine what it is."

Piss tests, anybody? Proper documentation with all required details? Polygraphs? They'll eventually find something to pin on you at this lab.

Anonymous said...

No surprise here. Some time after my father passed on my mother, covered as a surviving spouse, was prescribed Namenda for Alzheimer's and the insurance carrier cited lack of proof of her marriage, (which had been on file 57 years previously) as justification for suspension of her benefits. We never found the audit letter they said had been sent and had to resort to legal action to have her coverage reinstated. While the legal fees involved were much less than the benefits recovered they were still beyond what many retirees could afford. For profit means reducing costs in any way possible!

Anonymous said...

The dependent eligibility verification is a DOE/NNSA requirement for all contractors across the complex. This is not a LLNS accusation of employees trustworthiness. It is compliance. Dependent Birth Certificates and Marriage Licenses are not in your personnel records as a matter of course, so I hardly think that LLNS is being lazy to do the search themselves.

Anonymous said...

Dependent Birth Certificates and Marriage Licenses are not in your personnel records as a matter of course, so I hardly think that LLNS is being lazy to do the search themselves.

March 22, 2010 10:48 AM

However, LLNS is refusing to accept a "chain-of-evidence" that most corporate insurers accept when they acquire dependent coverage for new enrollees. They may only be protecting their interests, but they are doing it with s sledgehammer. Why not just query those enrollees whose dependent claims are suspect or murky? That kind of customer service and discretion is simply too much to ask in today's litigeous society.

Anonymous said...

In my case at least, birth certificates and marriage license were required for enrollment. Have they been lost?

Anonymous said...

In my case at least, birth certificates and marriage license were required for enrollment. Have they been lost?

March 23, 2010 9:10 AM


No, the lab management just like watching you jump through hoops from time to time. It's amusing to them.

Anonymous said...

Despite what you think, this process has identified Lab employees who were claiming dependents falsely.

Maybe the people you work with are not as honest or intelligent as you believe.

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