OR's Retroactive Program Benefits Effective Oct. 1, 2010

Portland, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - The division is issuing this amended bulletin to clarify the effective date of a new beneficiary type created by Senate Bill 110 (2009). The new beneficiary type described in ORS 656.204(8)(b) applies to dates of injury on or after Jan. 1, 2010. This new beneficiary type will not be eligible for Retroactive Program benefits until Oct. 1, 2011. To avoid confusion, reference to this new beneficiary type is being removed from this bulletin until eligible for reimbursement. This amended bulletin replaces Bulletin 358 issued Sept. 21, 2010.
This bulletin notifies insurers of:
1. The annual increase in Retroactive Program benefits, and
2. The methods used to calculate these benefits and determine the amount of Retroactive Program reimbursement.
The Retroactive Program provides increased benefits to workers or their beneficiaries for benefit levels that are lower than what is currently being paid for like injuries. The increased benefits are received mainly by beneficiaries of workers who suffered fatal injuries and by workers who have been determined to have a permanent total disability.
On or after Oct. 1, 2010, TTD benefits paid to all workers injured prior to July 1, 1973, are increased. TTD benefits paid to workers injured on or after July 1, 1973, through March 31, 1974, whose statutory TTD rate is less than 80 percent of the July 1, 2009, average weekly wage ($640.48), are also increased.
Workers injured on or after April 1, 1974, are not entitled to Retroactive Program increases to their TTD
benefits (see Bulletin No. 111 (Rev.), dated May 28, 2010).
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