Injured Workers in California are entitled to receive medical reimbursements for mileage incurred in the course and scope of their medical treatment. Further, Injured Workers are entitled to mileage attending their deposition. Additionally, Injured Workers are entitled to mileage reimbursement for attending Qualified Medical Evaluations and Agreed Medical Evaluations.
This article will discuss the 2021 Medical Mileage Reimbursement Rate.
What is the Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2021?
The medical mileage rate for 2021, is now $.56 cents per mile
What Does The Rate Change Mean?
The new rate means that, regardless of your date of injury, if you incur mileage during the year of 2021, that is reimbursable, you will receive $.56, per mile.
What About Mileage Reimbursements For Prior Years, Are They Going to Be Paid at That Rate?
Reimbursement Rates are determined by the date that you incurred the mileage. Therefore, if you incurred mileage reimbursements for the year 2020, you should use the 2020, date of injury rate.
What Are The Rates for Some of the Prior Years?
2019 – $.58
2018 – $.545
2017 – $.535
2016 – $.54
2015 – $.575
What Mileage Is to Be Reimbursed?
Per the DIR, “[i]f you have to travel to get treatment for your work injury, you are entitled to re-payment of your travel costs. The mileage rate is 56 cents ($.56) per mile. Mileage for reasonable travel to the pharmacy, parking, bridge tolls, public transportation and other travel-related costs are also included.”
You need to submit them into the carrier that is adjusting your claim. If you would like the form that you can use, click on the link below.
The DIR also recommends that you should attach receipts. If your travel costs are not paid within 60 days, you should contact the carrier or your attorney to see if there is a problem.
Am I to Be Reimbursed for Attending a WCAB Hearing?
No. You are not allowed to be reimbursed for mileage and/or parking costs to attend a workers’ compensation hearing.
Am I to Be Reimbursed for Attending My Deposition?
Yes. You are entitled to be reimbursed for mileage and/or parking to attend your deposition.
If My Claim is Denied, Am I Entitled to Reimbursement?
No. For medical treatment when your claim is denied, you are not entitled to reimbursement. For your deposition or Medical Evaluation by an Agreed Medical Examiner or Qualified Medical Examiner, you are entitled to reimbursement. Frequently, Defense Attorney Law Firms or the Carrier issue payment in advance of these appointments. Should your claim later be accepted, you should submit your mileage in for reimbursement.
What if I Need Advice?
If you would like a free consultation regarding workers’ compensation, please contact the Law Offices of Edward J. Singer, a Professional Law Corporation. We have been helping people in Central and Southern California deal with their workers’ compensation cases for 27 years. Contact us today for more information.