The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides workers’ compensation to workers on a national level. Injured workers have access to FECA offices in California and all over the U.S. The claims administration handles the processing of claims and the distribution of tens of thousands of payments.
FECA claims handling
The FECA claims administration system processes new claims and manages the payouts of existing ones. Injured workers and their family members receive periodic payments for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs and other expenses. The program is funded by employing agencies as a more affordable option than litigation. In general, most employers in California are required to provide workers’ compensation to their workers under the California Labor Code Section 3700.
Processing claims occurs once the information is received. Most decisions are made for simple work-related injuries or illnesses within 45 to 90 days of the cases being received. The claims for medical expenses are processed within an average of 28 days. Payments for workers’ compensation as a result of lost wages are made within 14 days.
Medical cases that develop over years often require extended deadlines. Highly complex occupational illnesses that require complex investigations are resolved within six to 10 months of filing.
The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) administers payments for claims that affect injured, sick or disabled workers. The claimants receive payments for medical expenses and wage losses that they cannot earn from being unable to work. The claims administration office provides timely services to workers who qualify; however, increasingly complex cases require additional time to resolve.