Workers' comp, creditable service and FEHB


Q. I am a federal employee with 15 years of active service. For the past 11 years, I have been receiving workers’ compensation due to an on-the-job injury. I am eligible for regular retirement under FERS. Do the years on workers’ comp count as creditable service years with regard to computation for my retirement benefits? After I retire, under FERS, will workers’ comp still pay for my Federal Employees Health Benefits insurance premiums?

A. Your years on workers compensation won’t be considered creditable service. The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs won’t pay for your FEHB coverage after you stop receiving workers’ comp.


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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

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