Honorable Byron Cook, Chair, House Committee on State Affairs
John S O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1961 by Deshotel (Relating to provision of workers' compensation medical benefits to a peace officer or firefighter injured in the line of duty; providing an administrative violation.), As Introduced
The bill would amend Chapter 504 of the Labor Code to require a political subdivision that employs a peace officer or firefighter who incurs a compensable injury sustained in the line of duty to ensure that workers’ compensation medical benefits provided include all health care required to cure or relieve the effects, including payment of reasonable expenses incurred for necessary treatment, promotion of recovery, and enhancement of the ability to return to or retain employment. The bill also would be require the political subdivision to provide medical benefits no later than the 10th day after the date the notice of injury is submitted to the political subdivision.
According to the Texas Department of Insurance, the provisions of the bill will not have a significant fiscal impact on the agency and any additional workload can be handled with existing staff and resources.
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