42 CFR 102.70 - Determinations the Secretary must make before benefits can be paid.
(a) Before reviewing a Request Package, the Secretary will assign a Program number to the Request Package and so inform the requester (or his or her representative) in writing. All correspondence to the requester (or his or her representative) about a specific Request Package will be referenced by this Program number.
(1) The requester or his or her representative submitted a completed (to the fullest extent possible) and signed Request Form within the governing filing deadline;
(2) The requester meets the eligibility requirements set out in this part (including a determination that a covered injury was sustained); and