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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Get SSA to "pay" your attorney fees in your workers compensation case

This is a topic I posted on about 2 years ago. If you are receiving a check from OWCP and are also entitled to Social Security Disability payments from SSA, you can get SSA to "pay" your attorney fees as an "excludable expense." This also applies to other expenses related to your workers compensation such as paying for medical reports.

SSA has a document available online explaining how to report your attorney fees paid in connection with receiving FECA wage loss benefits from OWCP. The attorney fees (and other qualifying expenses) will be used to reduce the offset amount. Please click on the link below to SSA POMS - DI 52150.050 - Excludable Expenses, and carefully follow SSA's instructions:

link updated 1/26/15: the url below is correct, if the link does not work, cut and paste the link in your browser.
If this link does not work, do a google search for the document number  "0452150050"

Friday, November 7, 2014

OWCP announces a change of contact number for ACS effective 1/1/2015

Effective January 2, 2015 the ACS customer service number for questions related to provider enrollment, Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) bill payment, and FECA medical authorization status is changing to a new toll free number, (844) 493-1966. Please continue to use the current ACS contact number of (850) 558-1818 until January 2, 2015, when that number will be disconnected. By providing a toll free number, we will be able to offer a more stable service for our stakeholders.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

OWCP and other workers compensation systems no longer meet their basic goals

The idea behind workers compensation systems was that injured workers should get immediate benefits allowing them to not lose income and get the medical care they need to return to work as quickly as possible so as to avoid simple injuries becoming serious and the destruction of families due to lengthy waits to receive replacement income. Unfortunately, this system is presently failing many injured workers. This is an interesting article on how OWCP other state systems no longer provide the benefits that they were intended to provide because of the increasing complexity of a system that become more employer oriented by the day: