Chart 1

Rehabilitation Benefits Provided for Injured Workers Under State Workers Compensation Laws

Arkansas

Physical rehabilitation is covered under medical services

There is no workers compensation rehabilitation unit

Employer/Carrier Responsibilities: 1. Vocational rehab. Costs and Permanent Partial Disability for a maximum of 72 weeks. 2. Pays maximum six weeks additional compensation while employee is being evaluated for rehabilitation and receiving no income.

Employee Responsibilities: 1. Accept physical rehabilitation. 2. Not required to accept vocational rehabilitation.

Penalties to Employees: Compensation suspended.

Employee Benefits During Vocational Rehabilitation: Permanent Partial Disability plus travel and maintenance expenses.

Colorado

Workers Compensation Rehabilitation Unit: Provides monitoring

Employer/Carrier Responsibilities: 1. Major medical insurance fund pays during vocation rehabilitation, tuition, travel, maintenance expenses equivalent to temporary total disability.

Employee Responsibilities: Accept physical rehabilitation.

Penalties to Employees: Compensation reduced or suspended.

Employee benefits during vocational rehabilitation: Weekly maintenance equal to temporary total disability. Vocational rehabilitation may be terminated by any party upon fourteen days of written notice to all parties.

Indiana

Workers Compensation Rehabilitation Unit: Direct.

Employer/Carrier Responsibilities: 1. Travel expenses associated with physical rehabilitation. 2. Individualized vocational rehabilitation plan developed by office of vocational rehab.

Employee responsibilities: Accept physical and vocational rehabilitation.

Penalties to Employees: Lose compensation, no compensation for increased disability during refusal period.

Employee benefits during vocational rehabilitation: Determined by the office of the vocational rehabilitation.

Maine

Workers Compensation Rehabilitation Unit: Provides direct and monitoring services.

Employer/Carrier Responsibilities: 1. Vocational Rehabilitation costs. 2. Pays temporary total disability plus maximum of $35/wk during vocational rehabilitation, for maximum of two years of cost of $5,000 unless special circumstances demonstrated.

Employee responsibilities: Accept physical and vocational rehabilitation.

Penalties to employees: Compensation suspended.

Employee benefits during vocational rehabilitation: Temporary total disability plus $35/wk for sustenance and travel.

New Hampshire

Physical rehabilitation is covered under medical services.

Workers Compensation Rehabilitation Unit: Provides monitoring.

Employer/Carrier Responsibilities: Vocational rehabilitation costs including books, tools, board, and lodging.

Employee Responsibilities: Accept vocational rehabilitation.

Penalties to employees: Compensation loss.

Employee benefits during vocational rehabilitation: Temporary total disability, plus books, tools, board, lodging and travel.

Oregon

Workers Compensation Rehabilitation Unit: Provides monitoring.

Employer/Carrier responsibilities: 1. State administrative fund pays vocational rehabilitation costs for injuries prior to 1986. 2. Insurer responsible for costs of post 1985 injuries. 3.Workers compensation department certifies private rehabilitation counselors and authorizes companies. 4. Insurer provides all assistance for rehabilitation.

Employee responsibilities: Accept vocational and physical rehabilitation. Appeal of an insurer’s decision must be filed with the department within sixty days.

Penalties to employees: Compensation reduced or suspended. Forfeiture of vocational rehabilitation benefits.

Employee benefits during vocational rehabilitation: Temporary total disability for sixteen months while in training; may be extended to twenty-one months under certain conditions.

Vermont

Physical rehabilitation is covered under medical services.

Employer/Carrier responsibilities: Vocational rehabilitation costs, books, tools; board, lodging and travel – if travel is required.

Employee responsibilities: Accept vocational rehabilitation

Penalties to employees: Compensation suspended

Employee benefits during vocational rehabilitation: Temporary total disability plus books, tools, board, lodging – if away from home, and travel