CA Division of Workers' Compensation Posts SB 863 FAQs on its Web Site


Sacramento, CA ( - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has posted answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about SB 863 on its Web site to help stakeholders better understand and prepare for upcoming changes to the workers' compensation system.

“Our goal is to help everyone understand SB 863 so they can be prepared,” said DWC acting Administrative Director Destie Overpeck. “We intend to update the page as new questions come in and each set of regulations is implemented.”

The FAQs are posted on the DWC's SB 863 Web page and can also be accessed from the main DWC page.

Subjects covered by the FAQs include:

  • The basics
  • Independent medical review
  • Medical care
  • Qualified medical examiners
  • Medical provider networks
  • Independent bill review
  • Permanent disability benefits
  • Supplemental job displacement benefits
  • Liens

Senate Bill 863 was passed on Aug. 31, 2012 and was signed into law by Gov. Brown on Sept. 18, 2012. The bill takes effect on Jan. 1, 2013, although not all of its provisions will be effective immediately. The SB 863 FAQs include implementation dates for each set of regulations.


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