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delphis  
#1 Posted : Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:28:21 AM(UTC)
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Hi
Does anyone know how long it takes for OPM to process a Disability Retirement election after a person elects to switch from OWCP PR to OPM Disability retirement? My OPM DR application was approved a couple years ago, but I elected to recieve OWCP up until now, because the benefit is higher. But if OWCP ever terminates my benefits, I will have to switch. Just wondering if the delay is just a couple months or if it's several months. Also, would I lose my Federal employee BCBS if my OWCP benefits are terminated before OPM processes the election?
thank you very much.
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#2 Posted : Sunday, June 6, 2021 6:43:04 AM(UTC)

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I’ll let you know as I will be doing this in the next week. owcp shortens ones life...
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#3 Posted : Monday, June 14, 2021 12:09:33 PM(UTC)
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How is it going, Swimmingly?
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Hi- I called OwCP today and was told what to do, I’ll send them a notice tonight on e-comp, they in turn will send me a Notification that’s formal. I sign it and return.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, June 16, 2021 1:38:29 PM(UTC)
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Good luck, I hope it all goes well.
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#6 Posted : Sunday, September 12, 2021 7:46:46 AM(UTC)
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Like your question!

Has anyone already gone through the entire process of the switch from OWCP to DR and can provide the general timeframe of the switch process?

There are tons out there I'm sure maybe just not reading in this forum.

Is it 30 days?
Is is 60 days?
Is it 90 days?
Is it 6 months?
Is it a year?

From request to formal switch?

I would think the processing on the OWCP side would be pronto and a maximum limit of time on for the OPM side once they formally received it from OWCP.


Do we have claimants out there that have successfully already been there, done that and can give a rough estimate?

It's an important question because planning "saved funds" to live on/survive prior to making the switch is important when there's mortgages, utility bills and food to pay forin the interim.

Great question!
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#7 Posted : Saturday, October 16, 2021 6:06:47 PM(UTC)

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I sent my second request to WC to be switched to Disability retirement. Unbelievable...... they have sent me to so many psychological exams to get me kicked off work comp over the lasr 20.years and now that I want out, they won’t let me leave..... such a broken system......I can’t call them as I get *****ing panic attacks from the years of abuse.... . The last exam was 4 hours long with a forensic psychiatrist who said in my report, “to damaged”.......;;; *****. You workers comp......
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I sent another request to be switched from workers comp to DR. The next day in ecomp it said my case was open only for medical treatment..... that was the 15th. I’ll now know how long it’ll take...
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#9 Posted : Sunday, October 31, 2021 11:25:33 AM(UTC)

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I call OPM last Friday and was told the process takes 5-6 months……. So I guess March or April I should get my DR…..
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#10 Posted : Monday, January 24, 2022 1:05:18 PM(UTC)
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Hi, Swimmingly
i lost track of this thread a while back. how are you doing??
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#11 Posted : Sunday, July 24, 2022 8:45:49 AM(UTC)
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I’m swimmingly, I can’t get in that account but this one opened, have no idea how I had this one as well……. I have not yet been paid. I contacted OWCO October 15th, 2021 to switch over to DR. I was told by OWCP that They notify OPM. This is false as it’s added to the delay. My case has been assigned to a specialist and he is nice and will tell you what you wanna here. The specialist has had the case since March or April. I started this process over 9 months ago and still nothing. Last I talked to the specialist is they were waiting for a document. Somewhere along the way there is confusion about my life insurance policy.. I will update when this happens…
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UPDATE-I'm still waiting however was told that my file is now at the final stop and it's 2 to 3 weeks as someone goes and rechecks the amounts. I'm at 10 1/2 months of waiting........
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#13 Posted : Thursday, August 25, 2022 9:23:55 AM(UTC)

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While you are waiting for OPM to switch you over are you continuing to receive OWCP Monthy periodic rolls?
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#14 Posted : Thursday, August 25, 2022 2:51:54 PM(UTC)

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No- I am not getting paid
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#15 Posted : Friday, August 26, 2022 1:58:31 PM(UTC)

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Wow, I'm sorry to hear that.
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