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Basic Facts for Injured Workers

Mileage Rate for Medical Decreases Effective January 1, 2020

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is announcing the decrease of the mileage rate for medical and medical-legal travel expenses by one half of a cent to 57.5 cents per mile effective January 1, 2020.

This rate must be paid for travel on or after January 1, 2020 regardless of the date of injury. Labor Code Section 4600, in conjunction with Government Code Section 19820 and the Department of Personnel Administration regulations, establishes the rate payable for mileage reimbursement for medical and medical-legal expenses and ties it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

IRS bulletin Number IR-2019-215, dated December 31, 2019, announced the rate decrease. The updated mileage reimbursement form is posted on DWC’s website.

WCAB’s Final Rules in Effect as of January 1 , 2020

 The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) has adopted its final rules of practice and procedure. The rules were filed with the Secretary of State on December 17, published on December 31 and went into effect on January 1.

The purpose of this rulemaking is to organize articles to reflect the order of events in a case, eliminate duplicative rules, break up complex rules, simplify the language for clarity and create some room between rules, so that additional rules can be added in the future without decimals. In general, the substance of the vast majority of rules has not been altered in this reorganization. Some substantive changes were made to reflect current practices.

The newly adopted rules and their related Final Statement of Reasons, are posted on WCAB’s website.