Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA) updates the Michigan mileage reimbursement rate effective January 1, 2018.
Mileage should be reimbursed for every medical appointment. This includes routine doctor visits, hospital stays, and physical therapy. The Michigan mileage reimbursement rate for 2018 is $0.545.
Calculating the mileage reimbursement is easy. Keep track of all trips to and from medical appointments. Add up the total miles and multiple by the Michigan mileage reimbursement rate for 2018 (0.545).
Sometimes insurance companies fail to pay mileage. This creates an absurd situation where medical treatment is authorized under workers’ compensation but the person cannot afford to get to his or her appointments. Contact an attorney if this occurs.
It is also possible to seek reimbursement for other travel expenses such as meals and lodging. These expenses are available when a person must travel a long distance for medical care. Current meal rates for select cities (All of Wayne County, All of Oakland County, Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Holland, Leland, Mackinac Island, Petoskey, Pontiac, South Haven, Traverse City) include $10.25 for breakfast, $10.25 for lunch, and $24.25 for dinner. Meal rates for all other cities include $8.50 for breakfast, $8.50 for lunch, and $19.00 for dinner. Reimbursement for lodging is $75.00 plus taxes each night.
We tell our clients to send their mileage reimbursements requests directly to the insurance company by certified mail. Penalties can be sought if not paid within 30 days of becoming due.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.
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