Did you know that as a federal employee, you are entitled to a Doctor of your choice? The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) had a amendment implemented in 1974 that stated all workers had the right to choose their own doctor for treatment rather than being forced to use one selected by their employer. This is crucial for injured employees. It means that you get to decide who is the best Doctor to suit your needs and will put your best interest first.
Being injured on the job is stressful enough. Having the right to choose who and where you get your treatment alleviates unnecessary added stress to the situation. ALL members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) are eligible for this benefit as well as civilian employees of the following agencies:
- Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP)
- Department of Defense (DOD)
- federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Social Security Administration (SSA)
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- United States Postal Service (USPS)
- Veterans Affairs (VA)
- and other federal agencies that employ civilian workers
Knowing your rights and what you are entitled to as a federal employee who has been injured on the job is a key component to getting the best treatment possible to enable you to get the benefits you need to take care of you and your family during a stressful situation that being injured can create.
Federal Employees Compensation act (FECA):
Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) laws were created in 1916. These laws were designed to provide protection for federal workers who fell ill or got injured on the job. The FECA program is run by the office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) and often can be extremely difficult to navigate, especially if its your first time going through the process. FECA benefits will cover all of your medical expenses, treatments, supplies and devices, medications, and even transportation to and from appointments for your treatments. However, getting access to these benefits can be difficult or delayed if your paperwork isn’t filled out and filed properly. You are entitled to these benefits and getting help for getting them may be just as important as the actual treatment itself for getting you through a difficult injury or illness. OWCP Doctors like those at OWCP Doctors of Houston want you to get the treatment you need quickly and without any delays from mis-filed paperwork. Our consultants are up to date with all the requirements for FECA claims. We take all the guess work out of filling your claim so you can focus on whats really important, healing and getting back to work and your life without added pressure. Our OWCP experts will take care of your FECA claim while our doctors look after YOU. Don get turned down for the treatment that you require and are entitled to due to incorrect paperwork.