Rural Carriers Who Develop COVID-19 in the Performance of Their Duties Are Entitled to OWCP Coverage

From NRLCA

All federal employees who develop COVID-19 while in the performance of their federal duties are entitled to workers’ compensation coverage pursuant to the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). This includes Rural Letter Carriers.

The Department of Labor has created new procedures specifically to address COVID-19 claims. COVID-19 claims are filed using Form CA-1, Notice of Traumatic Injury. The CA-1 must be filed within 30 days and the employee is eligible to receive Continuation of Pay for up to 45 days. Proof of a positive COVID-19 test will be required, as well as a qualified physician’s statement.

Due to the number of claims filed for COVID-19 these claims are taking a longer than normal time period to be processed, but they are being accepted and processed.

For complete information regarding COVID-19 OWCP coverage and filing a claim follow this link:

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/owcp/dfec/InfoFECACoverageCoronavirus

If you have any questions or issues regarding your claim contact NRLCA OWCP Specialist Devin Cassidy via phone at: (703) 684-5545

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