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butkus51  
#1 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2019 7:16:33 AM(UTC)
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I went on LWOP/OWCP back in March. I pay $59.31 for my health insurance bi-weekly but they are taking out $149.89. I get the career rate from the APWU CDHP plan, self and one. The higher rate is for non career/less than one year employees. The OPM code is 476. So the code is right and since there is no code for the reduced career rate, I am being over deducted by about $83. I tried to get this rectified through by DOL adjuster but she said I have to call the comp contact here in my district. I have left her messages and faxes but nothing has changed. At the very least, shouldn't United Health Care be cutting me back a check?

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Postal employees do pay less for their FEHB benefits than other Federal employees. OWCP will deduct the Postal rate for the first year, but not thereafter.

It is my understanding that the USPS will refund the difference in the two rates after the first year on a quarterly basis, but you have to apply with the USPS and I suspect you have to do it quarterly. Also, if you have been separated because you retired, but elected OWCP or the USPS separated you, you will not longer be eligible. Essentially, you pay the same rate as any other Postal retiree, if you are no longer a USPS employee, even one on extended LWOP.

Ultimately, you have to deal with the USPS, not OWCP on this one. You might consider whether you union can rattle a few cages for you.
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#3 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2019 4:21:21 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: edalder Go to Quoted Post
Postal employees do pay less for their FEHB benefits than other Federal employees. OWCP will deduct the Postal rate for the first year, but not thereafter.

It is my understanding that the USPS will refund the difference in the two rates after the first year on a quarterly basis, but you have to apply with the USPS and I suspect you have to do it quarterly. Also, if you have been separated because you retired, but elected OWCP or the USPS separated you, you will not longer be eligible. Essentially, you pay the same rate as any other Postal retiree, if you are no longer a USPS employee, even one on extended LWOP.

Ultimately, you have to deal with the USPS, not OWCP on this one. You might consider whether you union can rattle a few cages for you.


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#4 Posted : Monday, May 20, 2019 1:11:49 PM(UTC)

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I would start with your HR/USPS Injury Comp office as they probably have some familiarity with the issue. There is probably a form you have to complete and turn in and then it gets forwarded to the Data Center and you eventually get a check. (Don't hold your breath about how quickly this one will happen.)

If you run into a road block, talk to your union. If the shop steward is not helpful, go up the chain. If you are a letter carrier, for example, there is probably someone in the regional business office who deals a lot with OWCP matters and may be able to help. I suspect APWU works somewhat the same, but I am not as familiar with their organization structure.
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butkus51 on 5/21/2019(UTC)
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