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.