BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
Currently, artificial limbs are not treated by all workers' compensation carriers as a physical structure of the body. Therefore, an accident resulting in a broken leg would be treatable under workers' compensation, but the same accident causing injury to an artificial leg would not cover repair or replacement of the artificial leg. The goal of the workers' compensation system is to get workers healthy and back to work.
Senate Bill 458 ensures workers' compensation carriers treat artificial limbs as natural limbs.
It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution.
SECTION 1. Amends Section 401.011, Labor Code, by amending Subdivision (19) to redefine "health care" and adding Subdivisions (34-a) and (35-a) to define "orthotic device" and "prosthetic device."
SECTION 2. Amends Section 1305.004(b), Insurance Code, to make conforming changes.
SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 2007.
September 1, 2007.