FERS disability and tests


Q. I am a FERS law enforcement officer with about 15 years’ service. I have a pain condition that does not show up on medical tests but for which I have been receiving treatments from doctors for about seven years. The FERS disability application says the system requires medical tests to prove the condition. If I have only a doctor’s diagnosis without positive tests, would my FERS disability application be considered?

A. Yes, but it might not be approved.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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