Disability

VA drops annual reporting requirement

The Department of Veterans Affairs has ended its requirement for most veterans enrolled in its health care system to report income information every year.

VA trims disability claims backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has reduced the backlog of pending disability compensation claims by 44 percent over the past year.

Vets with ALS now automatically eligible for grants

Veterans and active-duty military with service-connected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis are now presumed medically eligible for grants of almost $68,000 to adapt their homes.

SSA to use VA disability rating to expedite claims

The Social Security Administration this week debuted a new initiative to speed up Social Security disability claims for veterans who have a 100 percent permanent and total (P&T) disability compensation rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Labor leader says fight will continue against proposed FECA change

The head of the National Treasury Employees Union said her group would keep on fighting legislative efforts that would result in cuts to federal workers’ compensation insurance payments for some beneficiaries.

NARFE pans postal bill's FECA reform measure

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is urging lawmakers to purge a Federal Employees' Compensation Act reform measure from postal legislation slated for mark-up Feb. 6 by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

VA details 2014 COLA

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that vets, families and survivors who receive disability compensation and pension benefits from the organization will get a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment beginning Jan. 1.

Five diseases added to list of service-connected ailments

The Department of Veterans Affairs has added five illnesses to the list of ailments which, in conjunction with traumatic brain injury (TBI), may be judged as service-connected.

VA offers 2014 COLA details

The Department of Veterans Affairs said that vets, families and survivors who receive VA disability compensation and pension benefits will get a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment beginning Jan. 1.

VA reports more progress on disability claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has cut its backlog of disability compensation claims by one-third since March.

Unions say USPS plan would harm FEHB

Three federal employee groups are urging lawmakers to reject parts of pending legislation they maintain would harm federal employee health care and workers’ compensation programs.

NTEU, others protest proposal to withdraw postal workers from FEHB

The National Treasury Employees Union said that the organization has joined with two other employee groups to urge Congress to reject parts of pending legislation they maintain would harm federal employee health care and workers’ compensation programs.

DOL says new rules will improve hiring of vets, disabled

The Department of Labor on Aug, 27 announced two final rules to improve hiring and employment of veterans and people with disabilities.

Some vets may be eligible for retroactive disability benefits

VA said that certain vets who file an original "fully developed" claim for service-connected disability compensation may be entitled to up to one year of retroactive benefits.

House committee reviews FECA reform proposal

A House panel this month took a closer look at proposals that would cut the cost of providing benefits to disabled federal workers under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act.

Panel revisits FECA reform

A House panel conducted a hearing July 10 to examine proposals aimed at cutting the cost of providing benefits to disabled federal workers under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act.

VA clears out oldest pending disability claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that in two months it has cleared out 65,000 of its oldest claims—or 97 percent of all claims over two years old in its backlogged inventory.