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WORKERS' COMPENSATION BOARD

27 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333-0027

FAX (207) 287‑7198

TEL (207) 287‑7086

 

MEMORANDUM

 

Date Sent:  Feb 2 2009

 

           TO:     Parties Interested in Board Rulemaking

 

   SUBJECT:     Adopted Rules

Rule Chapter 2(2)(8) - 2008 52 week Extension of Benefits

 

 

 

The Maine Workers' Compensation Board has adopted the attached rule amendments.  The effective date of the amendments is February 2, 2009.

 

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:    John C. Rohde, General Counsel

                    AGENCY NAME:     Workers' Compensation Board

                             ADDRESS:     27 State House Station

                                                   Augusta, Maine  04333-0027

                         TELEPHONE:     207-287-7086

 

 

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Lynne McKenney, Secretary Associate Legal

Workers' Compensation Board

27 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333-0027

Tel:  (207) 287-7086 / Fax:  (207) 287-7198

Email:  Lynne.McKenney@Maine.gov

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                                                                                                                                                MAPA-4

                  Notice of Agency Rule-making Adoption

 

 

AGENCY:  WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD

 

 

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE:  Rule Chapter 2(2)(8) – 2008 Extension of Benefits

 

 

ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 

(LEAVE BLANK - ASSIGNED BY SECRETARY OF STATE)

 

 

CONCISE SUMMARY  (UNDERSTANDABLE BY AVERAGE CITIZEN):

 

      Because Maine’s frequency of disabling cases is less than the national average, the Board is proposing to extend the benefit limitation by 52 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EFFECTIVE DATE  (TO BE FILLED IN BY SECRETARY OF STATE):

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:      John C. Rohde, General Counsel

                          AGENCY NAME:      Workers’ Compensation Board

                                    ADDRESS:      27 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333-0027

                               TELEPHONE:      207-287-7086

 

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                                              assign appropriate MFASIS number.

 

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FUND             AGENCY           ORG            APP           JOB             OBJT             AMOUNT

 

014                 90C                    2001            01

 


90-351             WORKERS' COMPENSATION BOARD

 

Chapter 2:       SECTION 213 COMPENSATION FOR PARTIAL INCAPACITY

 

 

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§ 2.      Extension of 260­week limitation

 

            1.         The 260­week limitation referenced in 39­A M.R.S.A. §213(4) shall not be extended for 52 weeks on January 1, 1998 because the frequency of such cases involving the payment of benefits under §212 or §213 is greater than the national average based on frequency from the 1997 Statistical Bulletin issued by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

 

2.         The 260-week limitation referenced in 39-A M.R.S.A. §213(4) shall be extended for 52 weeks on January 1, 1999 because the frequency of such cases involving the payment of benefits under §212 or §213 is no greater than the national average based on frequency from the 1998 Statistical Bulletin issued by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

 

            3.         The 260-week limitation referenced in 39-A M.R.S.A. §213(4) shall be extended for 52 weeks on January 1, 2000 because the frequency of such cases involving the payment of benefits under §212 or §213 is no greater than the national average based on frequency from the 1999 Statistical Bulletin issued by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

 

            4.         The 260-week limitation referenced in 39-A M.R.S.A. §213(4) shall not be extended for 52 weeks on January 1, 2004 because the frequency of such cases involving the payment of benefits under §212 or §213 is greater than the national average based on frequency from the 2003 Statistical Bulletin issued by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

 

            5.         The 260-week limitation referenced in 39-A M.R.S.A. §213(4) shall not be extended for 52 weeks on January 1, 2005 because the frequency of such cases involving the payment of benefits under §212 or §213 is greater than the national average based on frequency from the 2004 Statistical Bulletin issued by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

 

            6.         The 260-week limitation referenced in 39-A M.R.S.A. §213(4) shall not be extended for 52 weeks on January 1, 2006 because the frequency of such cases involving the payment of benefits under §212 or §213 is greater than the national average based on frequency from the 2005 Statistical Bulletin issued by the National Council on Compensation insurance.

 

            7.         The 260-week limitation referenced in 39-A M.R.S.A. §213(4) shall be extended for 52 weeks on January 1, 2007 because the frequency of such cases involving the payment of benefits under §212 or §213 is no greater than the national average based on frequency from the 2006 Statistical Bulletin issued by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

 

            8.         The 260-week limitation referenced in 39-A M.R.S.A. §213(4) shall be extended for 52 weeks on January 1, 2008 because the frequency of such cases involving the payment of benefits under §212 or §213 is no greater than the national average based on frequency from the 2007 Statistical Bulletin issued by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

 

Effective Date:  02/02/2009


                                         Rule-Making Fact Sheet

                                                            (5 MRSA  § 8057-A)

 

AGENCY:  WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD

 

NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER OF AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:

 

John C. Rohde, General Counsel, Workers’ Compensation Board, 27 State House Station, Augusta ME  04333-0027  TEL:  208-287-7086

 

CHAPTER NUMBER AND RULE TITLE:  Rule Chapter 2(2)(8) - 2008 Extension of Benefits

 

 

STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  39-A M.R.S.A. § 152(2) and 213(4)

 

DATE AND PLACE OF PUBLIC HEARING:  Monday, November 17, 2008, 10:00 a.m., Workers' Compensation Board, Central Office, AMHI Complex, Deering Building, First Floor, Room 170, Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine

 

COMMENT DEADLINE:  Monday, December 1, 2008, 5:00 p.m.

 

PRINCIPAL REASON OR PURPOSE FOR PROPOSING THIS RULE:

The Board is required to examine Maine’s frequency annually to determine whether or not the benefits limitation in section 213 must be extended by 52 weeks.

 

 

 

ANALYSIS AND EXPECTED OPERATION OF THE RULE:

The benefit limitation on partial incapacity benefits will be extended to 468 weeks.

 

 

 

FISCAL IMPACT OF THE RULE:   

 

 

  FOR RULES WITH FISCAL IMPACT OF $1 MILLION OR MORE, ALSO INCLUDE:

 

ECONOMIC IMPACT, WHETHER OR NOT QUANTIFIABLE IN MONETARY TERMS:

 

INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS AFFECTED AND HOW THEY WILL BE AFFECTED:

 

BENEFITS OF THE RULE:

 

 

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