OWCP (Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs) provides travel reimbursement to employees who have been injured on the job and require medical treatment. The program is designed to cover the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals for the employee and their attendant or companion. In this article, we will discuss the basics of OWCP travel reimbursement.
Who Is Eligible for OWCP Travel Reimbursement?
Employees who have been injured on the job and require medical treatment are eligible for OWCP travel reimbursement. The program also covers attendants or companions who accompany the employee to their medical appointments. However, the attendant or companion must be a family member or a close friend of the injured employee.
What Expenses Are Covered by OWCP Travel Reimbursement?
OWCP travel reimbursement covers the following expenses:
|airfare, train fare, bus fare, taxi fare, or mileage if the employee uses their own vehicle
|hotel or motel expenses
|reasonable meal expenses
How Much Will You Get for OWCP Travel Reimbursement?
The amount of reimbursement you will receive for OWCP travel expenses depends on various factors such as the distance between your home and medical facility, the mode of transportation you use, and the cost of lodging and meals in the area. OWCP will reimburse you for the actual expenses you incurred, subject to any limitations set by law or regulation.
How to File for OWCP Travel Reimbursement?
To file for OWCP travel reimbursement, you must complete and submit Form OWCP-957 (Travel Voucher) to the OWCP district office. The form must be filed within one year after the date of travel. You must attach all receipts and supporting documents to the form. The OWCP district office will review your claim and inform you of any additional documentation or information needed to process your claim.
What Are the Limitations and Exclusions of OWCP Travel Reimbursement?
OWCP travel reimbursement has certain limitations and exclusions, including:
- OWCP will not reimburse expenses that are not reasonable and necessary;
- OWCP will not reimburse expenses that are not directly related to medical treatment;
- OWCP will not reimburse expenses that are covered by other insurance or benefits;
- OWCP will not reimburse expenses that exceed the maximum allowable amount set by law or regulation;
- OWCP may deny reimbursement if the employee fails to comply with the filing requirements or provides false or misleading information.
OWCP travel reimbursement is an important benefit for employees who have been injured on the job and require medical treatment. It covers the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals for the employee and their attendant or companion. However, there are certain limitations and exclusions that employees should be aware of. If you have any questions or need assistance with filing for OWCP travel reimbursement, contact your OWCP district office.