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While limited workers’ compensation legislation was passed in the 2017 session, there were a few new items advanced out of the recent 86th Legislature. Prominent among this year’s new laws is SB 2551, which addressed workers’ compensation liability, payment and benefits relating to firefighter and emergency medical technicians suffering from cancer as a result of their job duties for claims filed on or after 6/10/19.
The DWC recently accepted comments on an informal working draft of rules designed to implemental SB 2551. The changes involve the amended process for claim notification, the carrier’s obligation to investigate when it receives notice of an injury for which a presumption may apply, and the assessment of administrative penalties and factors to be considered in determining sanctions for those violations.
Of particular note in this draft is the provision that, under certain circumstances, an insurance carrier is not required to comply with the 15-day deadline to initiate benefits payments or provide notice of refusal, and the steps a carrier must take to qualify for that exemption in those cases.
For more information see:https://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/rules/documents/dr124sb2551m.pdf.
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