WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FOR PARTICIPANTS IN THE ABAWD SERVICES PROGRAM
To ensure that appropriate coverage is provided, the Division of Social Services purchases workers’
compensation coverage for all participants in the Food Stamp ABAWD Services Program.
All food stamp participants in ABAWD Services Program are covered by a statewide workers’
compensation policy purchased by the North Carolina Division of Social Services. Under State law, it is
mandatory that an accident report be submitted to the North Carolina Industrial Commission via the
insurance carrier, St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, within five working days of the
“employer’s” (i.e., work site sponsor’s) knowledge of the accident. The accident report must include
complete information as to the cause and nature of the accident and the nature and extent of the
participant’s injury. The statute of limitations on filing workers’ compensation claims is two years after the
Reports of accidents, fatalities, travel expenses (must be more than 20 miles round trip), etc. are reported
on the appropriate forms issued by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Medical bills and
associated expenses are mailed by the food stamp participant or work site sponsor to the county workers’
compensation coordinator or other designated staff. The medical bills and associated expenses are then
mailed to the insurance carrier by the coordinator or other designated staff.
The designated person (It is recommended that the workers’ compensation coordinator assume this
responsibility.) is responsible for maintaining a log of all reported compensable injuries to the Food Stamp
ABAWD Services participants. A copy of the log is mailed quarterly to the Economic Independence
Section according to the following schedule.
September – November
December – February
March – May
June – August
The policy and procedures outlined apply only to injuries occurring on or after the effective date of