INJURED WORKERS' ADVOCACY PROGRAM (IWAP) INTRODUCES "GAP ASSISTANCE BENEFIT" TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INJURED WORKERS

If You have a work related injury or illness

and would like information and/or to register by phone for the IWAP "GAP ASSISTANCE BENEFIT"

Contact IWAP at: 484-436-2862

Injured Workers Click here To Fill Out The Online IWAP "GAP ASSISTANCE ACCESS FORM"

To Access your GAP Assistance Benefit

Pre-Register (HERE) for your GAP Assistance Benefit Application

What is the Injured Workers' Advocacy Program (IWAP)?

*The Injured Workers' Advocacy Program (IWAP) is a proud sponsor of the Tri-State Labor Day Parade & Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO Family Festival.

A comprehensive ground breaking (501c3) non-profit program created to address all phases of the injured worker's process:

From the point of injury via providing financial assistance, supporting resources and consultation on injured workers rights and responsibilities to providing long-term injured workers financial assistance and supporting resources, IWAP serves the interests of the injured worker.

Who is eligible to Participate in the IWAP Program?

Individuals injured while working on the job and in need of minor financial hardship assistance, information and supporting resources during their time of injury.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES - AUTO OR PERSONAL ACCIDENT INJURIES - Workers unable to work due to injuries sustained in an auto or any other type of personal accident are eligible to participate in the IWAP program. However, application for a GAP hardship grant is based on availability of funds with priority given to workers injured on the job.

What is the IWAP GAP Assistance Benefit?

- Part of the Injured Workers' Advocacy Program, the GAP Assistance Benefit is a hardship grant available to injured workers in need of minor financial assistance due to loss of work wages.

- What is the Cost of Gap Assistance Benefit? There are NO costs or expenses associated with GAP application or approval. The GAP Assistance Benefit is a Grant that is obtained through application.

GAP ASSISTANCE BENEFIT - INFORMATION AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

IWAP Board of Directors Approves GAP Applications based on the following criteria:

 

- PROOF OF INJURY: Proof of being injured on the job must be provided including: a) Description of Injury, b) Medical Report c) Job Incident Report

- NATURE OF INJURY: Injury must be of a nature that requires the injured worker to miss work and create a hardship situation.

- GAP ASSISTANCE BENEFIT APPLICATION: Injured worker must submit a GAP Assistance application between the time of injury and prior to returning to work.

- PRE-REGISTRATION: Injured Worker must have pre-registered for the GAP Assistance Benefit in order to receive priority GAP Assistance application or the GAP Assistance Family Benefit Privilege (NOTE - Click on link at the top right or bottom of this page to pre-register and to learn more about the benefits of pre-registration)

- LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENT: Worker must have been employed by employer for minimum of 6 months

- LETTER OF HARDSHIP: Letter of hardship written by applicant explaining the reason for need

- FOR SOUTHEASTERN PA WORKERS: GAP Assistance Benefit is available to Southeastern Pennsylvania/Greater Philadelphia Region Workers Only (Till Further Notice)

- NEED AND AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS: The Gap Assistance Benefit Grant Program and the grant amounts dispersed are based on need and the availability of funds and need

GAP ASSISTANCE BENEFIT GRANT AMOUNT: The Amount of the GAP Assistance Benefit fluctuates based on each individuals hardship situation as determined by the IWAP Board of Directors after a review of the GAP Application as well as by the amount of available funds in the fund at the time of injury. A GAP Assistance Benefit award is to be considered as a short term relief mechanism and, if granted, is to provide minor financial relief to an injured worker in the time between the injury and the receipt of compensation under a worker’s compensation claim.

About IWAP, GAP Assistance and the Founders

How Does the IWAP Program Work?

I. FOR NEWLY INJURED WORKERS (WHO ARE NOT YET RECEIVING OR APPLIED FOR INJURED WORKERS BENEFITS)

STEP #1 - INTAKE PROCESS - Point of Injury - GAP Assistance Benefit
• From the moment of injury, injured workers contact the IWAP GAP Assistance Intake Center at which point an intake representative will guide them through the entire process, including how to obtain the GAP Assistance Benefit and set up their advisory consultation.
STEP #2 - ADVISORY CONSULTATION: WORKERS' RIGHTS/RESPONSIBILITIES
IWAP ADVISORY CONSULTATION - An IWAP Advisory Board Consultant, who is a specialist in the injured workers field and who is committed to serving the interests of the injured worker, will provide the injured worker with the IWAP Injured workers consultation and thus will provide them with important information pertaining to their basic and immediate rights and responsibilities as an injured worker as required in the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation ACT.

Step #3 - Injured Workers' Support Group Privileges

1) IWAP Support Group - For the purpose of providing important information, consultation, resources, preferred services and discounts to injured workers, IWAP Support Group Meetings will feature expert speakers including business/professional leaders, service providers, educational and career retraining professionals, legal/medical professionals etc that will assist the injured worker in a comfortable social networking atmosphere.

2) IWAP AFFINITY PROGRAM/BENEFITS CARD - Participants in the IWAP Groups have the opportunity to take advantage of discounts and preferred services provided by Preferred Professionals, businesses, service providers etc. (Available to all program participants who attend IWAP Support Group Meetings)

II. FOR INJURED WORKERS (WHO HAVE ALREADY APPLIED FOR OR WHO ARE ALREADY RECEIVING INJURED WORKERS BENEFITS)
(as well as workers who have lost work due to auto accidents or personal injury)

STEP #1 - INTAKE PROCESS
• IWAP intake representative will guide client through the entire process, including how to obtain the GAP Assistance Benefit, provide information on the entire scope of the program including the IWAP Support Group Benefits and set up their IWAP Evaluation Interview.
STEP #2 - IWAP INTERVIEW/EVALUATION
IWAP Intake Rep will interview the applicant for the purpose of verifying basic injury/case information relative to GAP Assistance Grant Application

Step #3 - Injured Workers' Support Group Privileges

1) IWAP Support Group - For the purpose of providing important information, consultation, resources, preferred services and discounts to injured workers, IWAP Support Group Meetings will feature expert speakers including business/professional leaders, service providers, educational and career retraining professionals, legal/medical professionals etc that will assist the injured worker in a comfortable social networking atmosphere.

2) IWAP AFFINITY/BENEFITS PROGRAM - Participants in the IWAP Groups have the opportunity to take advantage of discounts and preferred services provided by Preferred Professionals, businesses, service providers etc. (Available to all program participants who attend IWAP Support Group Meetings)