House to vote on bill modifying FECA

Thursday - 11/24/2011, 10:55am EST

By Michael O'Connell
Web Editor
Federal News Radio

Following the Thanksgiving weekend, members of the House of Representatives head back to work to vote on a bill that would make changes to the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA).

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the House is scheduled to take up H.R. 2465 Federal Workers' Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act, which aims to modify the definition of "medical, surgical, and hospital supplies" as it relates FECA.

If enacted, advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants would be included under FECA and it would provide for "the reimbursement for services provided by such assistants and nurses." Assistants and nurses would also be permitted to certify disability as the result of traumatic injury during a continuation of pay period.

The bill also extends compensation under FECA for death or disability caused by a terrorist attack or an attack by a terrorist group.

The legislation also increases benefit amounts for a worker whose face, head or neck is disfigured as the result of an injury. Benefit amounts for funereal expenses are also increased.

The bill extends pay for employees who have filed wage loss claims because of traumatic injury sustained in a zone of armed conflict.

H.R. 2465 is co-sponsored by Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.), Tim Walberg (R- Mich.) and Lynn C. Woolsey (D-Calif.).