Proposed Defense Base Act changes included in 2014 Budget Proposal

From Robert Ceniceros   at   Business Insurance April 11, 2013

Proposed Defense Base Act changes

The president’s proposal also would replace the current Defense Base Act program with a governmentwide benefit fund that would bill individual federal agencies for their workers comp insurance costs.

The DBA provides benefits for contract overseas workers on U.S. military bases and for workers on overseas public works projects.

Under the DBA’s current structure, federal agencies pay for their insurance through a “patchwork” of individual contracts, and its costs now exceed benefits paid “by a significant margin,” according to the budget proposal.

The proposal points out that the DBA’s caseload increased by nearly 2,600% from 2002 to 2011, with more than 11,600 claims filed in 2011.

More information is available on page 128 of the proposed budget here.

One thought on “Proposed Defense Base Act changes included in 2014 Budget Proposal

  1. What happens to all the cases that are already in when and if this goes into effect,with DBA. Will that person have to start over again. If that injured person has never received anything and is fighting their claim, would their claim be pushed back. Even when the Insurance company Dr agrees’ with the injured person would they have to start from scratch with their attorney doing everything all over again.

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