Here we are again folks at the Organize Your Paper Party! Today we’ll be dealing with those medical and special needs papers.
If you are just now joining us then take a look at the other posts in this series while you’re at it ;). We are following along with Organize 365′s ebook 10 Steps To Organized Paper, a step-by-step process of organizing your paper and keeping it organized.
From the Author
Here’s something that Lisa (author of the book) says that I think is worth repeating here:
“Even if you are blessed enough not to have an arsenal of medical paperwork, skim this chapter. I found my medical paperwork knowledge a huge asset when caring for my dying father.
I have saved thousands of dollars with my insurance company by being able to prove that past claims were paid or diagnosis covered prior to a “new and improved” plan offering.
If you find yourself seeking government grants or aid for your family members, I have gone back as far as 5 years to produce past insurance claims to win appeals.”
Military Medical Papers
I hate military paper work. I especially hate military medical paperwork. It is literally the bane of my existence.
My husband is the opposite of me: calm, easy-going, very social, and super-duper UNORGANIZED!!!
For the first years of our marriage hubby has slung his military paperwork anywhere and everywhere. Being the neat freak that I am and refusing to organize for him (after all it’s his baby, right? He should be taking care of it!), I finally created a space just for him where he could throw all his paperwork so I didn’t have to look at it (thus taking the strain off of us).
This method has worked fairly well for years now. However, now that hubby is facing a medboard and needs all of his files gathered and organized so they can determine a proper percentage for his medical retirement (if they ever do decide that he’ll be medically retired), I’m digressing and helping him organize. Especially since Uncle Sam has conveniently misplaced many of his files from when he was in the Marine Corps.
This was the most tedious and stressful part of my whole paper work reorganizing experience. But thankfully I actually got hubby to help me out:
So we gathered all those papers, put them into categories, and stuck them into hubby’s binder.
Reusing My Existing Binders
I have plenty of binders that have accumulated over the years that I have used for different things that I was no longer using. So I dusted them off, stuck cute labels in them, and inserted our medical documents. Since we do not immunize the kids and they rarely ever get sick enough to justify taking them to the doctor, I used only one binder for the 2 of them:
And then there’s mine:
And Daddy’s of course is the biggest:
Here you can see them nestled on my book shelf:
Can you hear the angels singing???
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