Did you hear it’s Easier to File a FECA Claim for COVID-19 now?

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that President Biden signed on March 11, 2021, makes it much
easier for federal workers diagnosed with COVID-19 to establish coverage under the Federal Employees’
Compensation Act. To establish a COVID-19 claim, you simply need to establish that you are a “covered
employee,” meaning that:

1. You were diagnosed with COVID-19. Specifically, you were diagnosed with COVID-19 while employed in
the Federal service at any time during the period of January 27, 2020 to January 27, 2023; and,

2. Your duties include any risk of exposure. Specifically, within 21 days of your diagnosis of COVID-19, you
carried out duties that—
a. required contact with patients, members of the public, or co-workers; or
b. included a risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus.