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Administrative Closure - what NOT to do

I continue to speak to OWCP claimants who end up creating problems with their ongoing claim when there has been an administrative closure. In a FECA claim, its OWCP's burden of proof to end, terminate, your benefits. However, when there has been "no activity" in your case for a period of 120 or 180 days, sometimes a subsequent bill will trigger the provider being advised that there was an administrative closure, and that the claimant needs to call to address that.


DO NOT file a Recurrence if there is an administrative closure in your case. Your claims examiner should agree to remove the closure when you call and say there is a doctor bill. If there has been no decision terminating your claim, and your doctor did not write a report saying you are all better and discharging you, a claims examiner is supposed to remove the closure. If they tell you to file a Recurrence, they are wrong, and you should nicely ask them to have a Supervisor call you to discuss the situation.


If you file a Recurrence due to an administrative closure, you are making the process vastly more difficult for yourself.

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Important update - mailing address changes, AGAIN

As the federal government continues to slide into ever worse levels of dysfunction, OWCP has quietly changed, AGAIN, the physical mailing address for sending information. The mailing address has rever

 Tel: 215-545-2132

Fax: 215-545-4617
 

 ​​1521 Locust St, 9th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102​
 

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