Texas Division To Hold Public Hearing On Subclaimant Rules On May 28


Austin, TX  (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 in the Tippy Foster Room at the TDI-DWC Central Office, 7551 Metro Center Drive, Suite 100 in Austin. TDI-DWC will audio stream the public hearing for persons who are unable to appear in person.

The public hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. and TDI-DWC will take testimony on the following proposed new rules:

CHAPTER 140 Dispute Resolution–General Provisions
Subchapter E - Health Facility Fees
§140.6 Subclaimant Status: Establishment, Rights, and Procedures
§140.7 Health Care Insurer Reimbursement under Labor Code §409.0091
§140.8 Procedures for Health Care Insurers to Pursue Reimbursement of Medical Benefits

The proposed rules were published in the Texas Register on April 25, 2008, and may be viewed on the TDI website at http://www.tdi.state.tx .us/wc/rules/proposedrules/toc.html. The comment period for these rules will close on May 28, 2007 at 5 p.m. TDI-DWC will accept comments at the public hearing.

To listen to the audio stream of the public hearing, access the TDI-DWC Public Outreach Events /Training Calendar on the TDI website at http://www.tdi.state .tx.us/wc/services/outreachcal/index.html. Then click on the "Broadcast” link for the public hearing. The applications Media Player 7 (or new version) or RealPlayer 10 (or newer version) are required to hear the audio stream. Audio streaming will begin approximately five minutes before the public hearing begins.

TDI offers reasonable accommodations for persons attending meetings, hearings, or educational events, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you require special accommodations, contact Idalia Salazar at 512-804-4403 at least of two days prior to the public hearing date.

For further information regarding this notice, contact Blanca Guardiola of TDI-DWC Legal Services at 512-804-4716.

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