House approves federal workers’ comp reform

Washington – A bipartisan bill to reform the workers’ compensation program for federal employees passed out of the House on Nov. 29.

The Federal Workers’ Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act (H.R. 2465) represents the first major reform to the federal workers’ comp program in nearly 40 years. Among the changes, the bill would allow greater oversight to save money, ensure terrorism-related injuries and illnesses are covered as a war-risk hazard, and provide additional funds for funeral expenses and facial disfigurement.

At deadline, the bill was awaiting action in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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