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51.32.099  <<  51.32.0991 >>   51.32.100

RCW 51.32.0991

Vocational services and plans — Costs — Medical aid fund expenses. (Expires June 30, 2016.)

(1) Costs paid for vocational services and plans shall be chargeable to the employer's cost experience or shall be paid by the self-insurer, as the case may be. For state fund vocational plans implemented on or after January 1, 2008, the costs may be paid from the medical aid fund at the sole discretion of the director under the following circumstances:

     (a) The worker previously participated in a vocational plan or selected a worker option as described in RCW 51.32.099(4);

     (b) The worker's prior vocational plan or selected option was based on an approved plan or option on or after January 1, 2008;

     (c) For state fund employers, the date of injury or disease manifestation of the subsequent claim is within the period of time used to calculate their experience factor;

     (d) The subsequent claim is for an injury or occupational disease that resulted from employment and work-related activities beyond the worker's documented restrictions.

     (2) The vocational plan costs payable from the medical aid fund shall include the costs of temporary total disability benefits, except those payable from the supplemental pension fund, from the date the vocational plan is implemented to the date the worker completes the plan or ceases participation. The vocational costs paid from the medical aid fund shall not be charged to the state fund employer's cost experience.

     (3) For the duration of the vocational pilot program, all expenses to the medical aid fund resulting from the director's discretionary decisions as provided in subsection (1) of this section shall be separately documented as a medical aid fund expenditure and reported to the vocational rehabilitation subcommittee and the legislature annually. This report shall include the number of claims for which relief to the state fund employer was provided and the average cost per claim. A report to the vocational rehabilitation subcommittee and the legislature shall also be made annually including the number of claims and average cost per claim reported by self-insured employers for claims meeting the requirements in subsection (1)(a), (b), and (d) of this section.

[2007 c 72 § 3.]

Notes:

     Implementation -- Effective date -- Expiration date -- 2007 c 72: See notes following RCW 51.32.099.