Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA) releases updated mileage reimbursement rate effective January 1, 2017 and how to get reimbursement directly from the insurance company.
Mileage should be reimbursed every time you visit the doctor. This includes routine medical appointments, hospital visits, and physical therapy. The mileage rate effective January 1, 2017 is $0.535.
Calculating the mileage reimbursement is simple. Keep track of all your trips to and from medical appointments. Add up the total miles and multiple by .535.
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.
We tell our clients to send mileage requests directly to the insurance company by certified mail. This ensures proof of delivery and penalties can be sought if not paid within 30 days of becoming due.
It is also possible to get reimbursement for other travel expenses such as meals and lodging. These expenses are available when you must travel a long distance for medical treatment. Current meal rates for select cities include $10.25 for breakfast, $10.25 for lunch, and $24.25 for dinner. Reimbursement for lodging is $75.00 plus taxes each night.
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 (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.
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