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2013 Summary of Legislative Changes

HB 154  Workers' Compensation

In 2013, the General Assembly passed HB 154.  This bill was signed by Governor Deal, and the changes are effective July 1, 2013.  A copy of the bill and corresponding changes is on the Board’s web page.  Below are the highlights.

(1) Amend O.C.G.A. §34-9-200(a)

For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2013, a 400-week cap on medical treatment is placed on injuries/claims, except those designated “catastrophic” under O.C.G.A. §34-9-200.1(g).

(2) Amend O.C.G.A. §34-9-203(c)(1)& (c)(2)

Payment of mileage expenses is reduced from 30 days to 15 days.

(3) Amend O.C.G.A. §34-9-222

The interest rate on advances is reduced from 7% to 5%.

(4) Amend O.C.G.A. §34-9-240(b)(1)&(b)(2)

If a light-duty job is offered under the 240 process, an employee is required to attempt the light-duty job for eight cumulative hours or one scheduled workday, whichever is greater.  Failure to attempt a light-duty job for this minimum amount of time may result in the suspension of the employee’s income benefits.

(5) Amend O.C.G.A. §34-9-261 & O.C.G.A. §34-9-262

For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2013, the maximum TTD rate is raised from $500.00 per week to $525.00 per week.  In addition, the maximum TPD rate is raised from $334.00 per week to $350.00 per week.