§ 201.3a. Nonadjudicatory benefit appeal.
(a) Benefit appeals from actions of subordinate officers of the System shall be made to the ESRC and shall be nonadjudicatory.
(b) A letter from the System taking an action or making a determination on behalf of the System shall constitute action of a subordinate officer. A letter shall constitute action of a subordinate officer whether or not the letter states that an appeal must be taken within 30 days.
(c) An appeal to the ESRC shall be received by the System within 30 days after the date of the letter from the System taking an action or making a determination on behalf of the System. If a claimant fails to appeal an action or determination by a subordinate officer to the ESRC within the prescribed time, the action of the subordinate officer will become final.
(d) An appeal to the ESRC must be made in writing and addressed to:
Executive Staff Review Committee Public School Employees Retirement System P. O. Box 125 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17108-0125
(e) The ESRC will meet as necessary to review and decide nonadjudicatory benefit appeals. If the appeal is granted, the claimant will be notified in writing and the matter will be closed. If the appeal is denied, in full or in part, the claimant shall have the right to appeal the denial to the Board. The ESRC will send the claimant a denial letter explaining why the appeal is denied, and advise the claimant of the right to appeal to the Board and request an adjudicatory benefit appeal and administrative hearing within 30 days after the date of the denial letter.
(f) The Executive Director or a designee will maintain a record of the decisions of the ESRC and report to the Board the results of each decision by the ESRC, which will include a brief summary of the issues involved.
(g) This section supersedes 1 Pa. Code § 35.20 (relating to appeals from actions of the staff).
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