TWCC Penalizes Carriers for Late Benefit Payments
November 17, 2004
The Texas Workers' Compensation Commission (TWCC) issued 62 Notices of
Violation (NOVs) to insurance carriers on Nov. 9, 2004, for a total of
$155,500 in penalties for late initial payments of Temporary Income Benefits
(TIBs) to injured workers.
The Commission also issued 45 NOVs to insurance carriers for a total of
$7,626 in penalties for inaccurate reporting of electronic data. Both types
of violations resulted from audits of initial TIBs payments electronically
reported by the carriers to the Commission during the four-week period of
June 1 to June 30, 2004.
The NOVs are part of a new enforcement strategy to ensure the prompt and
timely initiation of income benefits to injured workers. The strategy is in
direct support of Commission Rule 124.3 as amended in March 2004 after the
passage of House Bill 2199 authored by Rep. Burt Solomons in the Texas
The Commission will continue to monitor insurance carriers' performance on
the initiation of income benefits and issue NOVs when appropriate.
Any questions regarding the periodic notices or any other compliance issues
may be directed to the Commission's Compliance and Practices Division at
Amie Pennington-White CMRS;CNA;MA;CMHRS;CCHRS;CCP;H-CCP
Office: (817) 676-2221
Fax: (817) 788-2175
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