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Toomey staffer helpful

| Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

I recently had a reason to contact my congressional representatives for help in obtaining MDS (Long-Term Care Minimum Data Set) records from Medicare. Payments to nursing homes are based on data provided through this system.

Initially I had requested this information pertaining to my sister in August 2013. In February, I followed up and was sent a denial letter based on privacy issues of the deceased individual.

In March, I filed a Freedom of Information Act appeal and once again sent all necessary backup material showing I should be entitled to these records.

After three months and no response, I asked my congressional representatives to assist me.

A staff member from U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's office called the next day, requesting I submit a privacy form and saying the office would try to assist me. I received emails on the status and received the records in about a month.

This has been a great help to me, since I've already found problems in these records, but I don't understand all the wasted time and additional paperwork that had to be done. Without Toomey's staff, I'd probably still be waiting for this secret information.

Ann Stanton

Baden

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