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Texas Workers' Compensation Rules Return to Normal Order of Business

—December 12, 2017
Texas Workers' Compensation Rules Return to Normal Order of Business

By Brian Allen, VP of Government Affairs

Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Commissioner, Ryan Brannan, released Bulletin #B-0042-17 this past week, announcing that the rules and timing of workers’ compensation claims will be restored to their normal order of business. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the DWC issued Bulletin #B-0020-17 to allow for flexibility in managing workers’ compensation claims and care in the impacted areas. That bulletin also tolled some deadlines to allow more time for filing paperwork or to make payments due to the disruption caused by the storm. Commissioner Brannan determined that recovery efforts have progressed to the point that the previously granted rule exceptions are no longer necessary. Accordingly, on January 10, 2018, all rule exceptions and tolling of deadlines will be lifted and system participants will be required to follow normal claims processing and dispute resolution processes. 

A complete copy of Bulletin #B-0042-17 can be found here


For questions on this alert or for other legislative or regulatory questions, please contact Brian Allen, vice president of government affairs at or at 801.661.2922.


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