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Re: Diminished Earning Capacity (DEC)

Post by pinger on Fri 25 Mar 2016, 23:10

And btw, is it too much to ask VAC to send a LETTER of these changes to us?
Explaining. Dear Sir/Madam... abc is now xyz. It'll probably be in the Salute rag
sometime soon.
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Re: Diminished Earning Capacity (DEC)

Post by pinger on Fri 25 Mar 2016, 21:31

My Gawd! What the heck is going on with these new names?

To me it's all pre-meditated confusion. PIA is CIA, and now TPI is DEC?
It ain't simplifying anything, just the opposite.

I can just imagine the possible revised fine print in policy docs and applications.
GOC, VAC should not do this. It fracks us up.

A change is one thing. But don't change the alphabet.
DEC? Uhh no, sorry but my dob was... FEB
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Re: Diminished Earning Capacity (DEC)

Post by bigrex on Fri 25 Mar 2016, 17:50

I agree trooper. In order to be deemed TPI, you couldn't be able to work at all, or so little that it wouldn't be advantageous. Yet diminished earnings Capacity might allow someone to work part time, without losing their benefits. Or it might include those that can only find low paying jobs, compared to a healthy person of similar training and experience.
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Re: Diminished Earning Capacity (DEC)

Post by Guest on Fri 25 Mar 2016, 14:32

Sounds to me like their moving away from having to be Totally Permanently Incapacitated as a stand point in the qualifications of benefits , to a much lesser stand point of only having to be diminished as in the new term "Diminished Earning Capacity."

I could be wrong and others can jump in but this might be a good move for Veterans seeking benefits , as this could make benefits more accessible to them when applying.

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Post by Ex Member on Fri 25 Mar 2016, 13:58

Hmmmmm! What do you think? Trooper, to me it sounds like they want people to not be permanent! I get an uneasy feeling about this!

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Diminished Earning Capacity (DEC)

Post by Guest on Fri 25 Mar 2016, 12:36

Change in the term of (TPI)

"Totally Permanently Incapacitated" (TPI) has been changed to "Diminished Earning Capacity" (DEC)

Continuation of benefit

(4) If the Minister determines that the veteran has a diminished earning capacity that is due to the physical or mental health problem for which the rehabilitation plan was developed, the earnings loss benefit continues to be payable to the veteran after the plan has been completed or cancelled until the earlier of
(a) the day on which the Minister determines that the veteran no longer has a diminished earning capacity that is due to that health problem.

Examination or assessment

20 (1) The Minister may, for the purpose of determining whether a veteran may continue to receive an earnings loss benefit, require a veteran who, as a result of a determination that they have a diminished earning capacity, is in receipt of an earnings loss benefit under section 18  or would, but for their level of income, be in receipt of it  to undergo a medical examination or an assessment by a person specified by the Minister.

Diminished earning capacity

(3) The Minister may, on application, increase the career impact allowance that may be paid under subsection (2) by the amount set out in item 2.‍1, column 2, of Schedule 2, if the Minister determines that the veteran has a diminished earning capacity.

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