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Am I Covered by Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act?
The Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NAFIA) is the workers’ compensation program for Exchange and MWR employees. NAFIA (some folks call it NAF or NAFA claims) covers employees of the Navy Exchange (NEX), Air Force Exchange, Army Exchange, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, AAFES, Moral Welfare and Recreation, Family and Moral, Welfare and Recreation. If you work for one of these entities, then you are probably covered under NAFIA.
Research Your Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act Case
This website provides information to Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NAFIA) employees and their families. We provide FREE vital information so you can make informed decisions regarding your NAFIA case. We have hundreds of great free articles on the Longshore Act and NAFIA. All of these Longshore articles apply to NAFIA cases also.
The Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA is the workers’ compensation system for longshoreman and ship yard workers. The LHWCA is considered part of maritime law. Thus, NAFIA cases actually fall under maritime law.
The Adjuster Sent me a Notice of Controversion - What Should I Do?
This is a very common question. The simple and easy answer is that it is probably time to lawyer-up. It's time to find the very best NAFIA Lawyer you can. However, we realize you might want more than "Hire a good Lawyer." While this is the best advice we can give you - we will also provide some of our insider knowledge about how y you should proceed.
What Is A LS-207 - - Notice of Controversion?
It is a form. "LS" - stands for "Longshore." But this form can and will cause you a host of issues and problems. Under the law, the Navy Exchange/ AAFES is supposed to file an LS-207 - - Notice of Controversion when they cut off your benefits.
Read The Fine Print
The form LS-207 will usually state the reasons why the Navy Exchange/ AAFES is denying your benefits. Read it carefully. Your job is to marshal (read: gather) the evidence in your case to over-come the reason(s) why they are denying your claim. In other words you need to go out and get persuasive medical evidence and wage evidence and the like. This is not time to dilly-dally. You need to jump on it as soon as possible.
In other words, you need to prepare today for the Navy Exchange/ AAFES cutting off your weekly benefits or not approving needed medical care today. The bottom line is that if you get a LS-207 Notice of Controversion - - don't wait - immediately hire the best NAFIA Lawyer you can find.
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