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Office of Workers' Compensation Programs Response to the Coronavirus

Division of Federal Workers' Compensation

We are committed to supporting federal employees during this difficult time. 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). Learn about filing COVID-19 claims under FECA.

Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation

DEEOIC is sensitive to the fact that our claimant population is particularly vulnerable to the risks of the COVID-19 public health emergency, and recognizes the need to continue to provide compensation and medical benefits. We have taken several actions to help ensure that beneficiaries continue to receive their benefits during the COVID-19 public health emergency. On April 7, 2020, we issued EEOICPA Bulletin 20-03, which provides instructions for Medical Benefits Examiners to accept telemedicine in lieu of face-to-face examinations for home and residential health care renewals and new requests for durable medical equipment. On April 30, 2020, we issued EEOICP Bulletin 20-04, which implements temporary procedures to allow for the use of telemedicine in place of nonemergency, routine medical appointments between physicians and our claimants.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the energy program's efforts during this time.

We have also posted a notice about the operating status of our Resource Centers.

Division of Coal Mine Workers Compensation

DCMWC continues to process claims and issue benefit payments while working to ensure that our claimants are safe during this crisis. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about our response to COVID-19.

Many of our approved providers have temporarily suspended black lung evaluation appointments for the safety of patients and medical staff, consistent with social distancing guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see our Special Notice: Impact of COVID-19 on Selection of Provider, Authorization of Medical Evaluations and Scheduling of Appointments.