Workers' comp and retirement

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Q: I have some medical expenses paid for under workers’ compensation because of an on-the-job accident. When I retire, will these medical expenses continue to be covered?

A: If your workers’ compensation benefits terminate or you elect to retire instead of remaining on workers’ compensation, payment for your medical expenses by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs will end.

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  1. Actually medical coverage from OWCP will continue for any accepted condition as long as the medical evidence supports the need regardless of whether you elect OPM retirement or not. Of course you will no longer be entitled to compensation payments but your medical will indeed continue so long as the accepted condition exists.

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