USMMA Flu?

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by Just a Dad, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Just a Dad

    Just a Dad New Member

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    Looks as if it may be making the rounds here as well now? I don't know about anyone else but I sure don't ever remember getting sick this time of year. Hopefully it's just an isolated incident or two.Anybody else hear anything?
     
  2. lgottliebdds

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    In the phone call with our sone yesterday he mentioned he had flu like symptoms and that it was going around. Apparently the Airforce Academy is trying to keep the plebes isolated due to the flu there.
     
  3. Spunkymac

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    Flu at usmma

    Our son just called from the local hospital there. He and others were taken there who complained of flu symptoms. He was released and has now been quarantined for 2 days. Third Company is already under quarantine and now others are coming down with it. Our son is in First Company.
     
  4. kpskilegac

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    1st co flu

    What platoon is your son in - 1st or 2nd? Where do they have him in quarantine? Hope he's feeling better.
     
  5. Spunkymac

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    Our son is in first company and he will be fine. He is quarantined thru Wednesday.
     
  6. Spunkymac

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    Flu virus A-H1N1

    This may be the strain of virus that is going around. It appears to be hitting younger people much more than us older folks.

    I am sure they are on top of the situation there.
     
  7. Mindy G

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    I head that the flu is also at USCGA my son is in 4th company. He said he was feeling icky when we spoke to him. I am hoping it is only stress and being tired. Time will tell, now there is something else to worry about
     
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  8. TX2KP

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    Thanks for posting this ...... we just got a copy from our state parent assosciation today as well. Son's in Third Co .... I think one of the first groups showing issues. Hopefully, this will pass quickly and not impact the already challenging beginning of their time at KP!
     
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    this part is troubling: "One midshipman
    was briefly hospitalized and subsequently sent home to recuperate" Sent home? Hopefully, Kings Point is home.
     
  11. bz22mom

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    Flu?

    How in the world do you know if your kid is sick?
     
  12. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    You don't :frown:. Unfortunately according to health privacy laws you, as the parents or anyone else outside the healthcare team taking care of that individual, have no access to that information. This isn't something that is only in the military, this is anyone in the country. Google HIPAA for more detailed info.

    In the military the only person I am allowed to divulge health information to is a person's Commanding Officer and even that is very limited.
     
  13. zonker

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    Medical health always trumps, as it should.
    And there are always the types of stories about someone making in all thru Indoc (pushups, running, rugged tough stuff..) and then steps off the curb wrong and twists ankle or snaps something.. that prevents his from taking the oath.
    Random flukes.
    But enough to prevent a PC from participating in the rigors of Plebe Year. this is also why many advise NOT to drop healthcare coverage immediately.. Stuff happens.
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    These can be great kids and , with the right attitude, can invest in themselves by refining their skills in Calculus/Physics/Chemistry (Plebe-Killers at all the academies) while they are recuperating/healing.
    ...
    For those who earn that seat next year, we're looking forward to seeing you in July!
     
  14. Luigi59

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    I can understand the HPPA and privacy concerns if they were covered under an independent health care system provided by the Govt/Academy (like the other academies where the cadets/midshipmen are considered "active duty" military) but I would think that if they are being treated under their parent's health insurance than the parents have the absolute right to know what is happening, as they are the policy holders, right?
     
  15. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Absolutely incorrect. Doesn't matter who is paying the bill it is still "your" medical information and only "you" are entitled to that information.

    This would be the same as saying just because I pay for my employee's insurance I have the right to the information. Or just because I pay for my wife's insurance I have the right to their medical information. All incorrect.

    And the midshipmen are being treated under the auspices of the Academies coverage. The parent's aren't paying for any of this. The reason people say to keep the health coverage is in case they are seperated or for "non-covered" things (which I can't name off the top of my head right now)
     
  16. zonker

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    Oddly enough, Luigi... , as I understand it:
    If you have family coverage, and your kid turns 18, officially they have to sign something authorizing you to have access to their records.
    Same with Spousal stuff as well... My wife and I both go to same doctor... he can't chat about one to the other.
    ---WOW. KP2001 is a really quick responder ! :)
     
  17. zonker

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    Back to topic:

    How will you know???
    kp2001 hit it right on the head. You won't. Therefore, consider him one of the lucky/healthy ones.
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    (And please please please don't take this badly....but)...
    Your kid is in Big Boy/Big Girl school now.
    There are people tasked with monitoring his health. If he feels bad, he can speak up and get assessed/the attention he needs. There are lots of DIs and EMTs around to check on them if they DON'T speak up.

    Remember, in less than 18 months from now, your Mid will likely be halfway around the world either navigating literally MANY-MULTI-Millions of dollars-worth of good and military equipment through international waters, or responsible for everything mechanical and electrical that makes it possible (usually with pistons that are wider in diameter than your dining room table).

    They will be standing on their own.
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    These are great kids.
    They are in good hands.
    They have a LOT to learn, and must learn it fast.
    MOST of it is difficult, and not pleasant to watch--although the outcome is more that you could have imagined.

    And the biggest shocker when we went through this... no more pictures posted on the parents page after Indoc. I was just getting USED to it.
     
  18. Luigi59

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    So if the parent decided to drop the coverage, the previously insured mid/plebe would also have no recourse as the parent is the one responsible for the copays, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket expenses as they are they policy holders of record.

    I was under the impression that as non-active duty military, the students/plebes/midshipmen at USMMA were not covered by government health care.

    My mistake.
     
  19. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I'm not tracking here...can I ask for a rewording of the question? :biggrin:


    There is an Academy health policy that covers you while there. I am definitely not the authority on what all is involved with this. I believe they may pay a slight fee for the coverage each year as well. One of the parents would likely know a bit more. I know they don't cover things like acne treatment and contacts and other "cosmetic" type things.
     
  20. Dave'sMom

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    Well said!
     

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