What Injured Workers Need to Know About Medical Mileage Reimbursements
Workers injured on the job are entitled to reimbursement for medical mileage, which includes for example transportation to and from the treating physician, physical therapy, and the pharmacy.
The rate at which mileage reimbursement is paid varies. Per the Labor Code, "it is dependent upon the mileage rate adopted by the Director of the Department of Personnel Administration pursuant to Section 19820 of the Government Code, whichever is higher, plus any bridge tolls. The mileage and tolls shall be paid to the employee at the time he or she is given notification of the time and place of the examination." As you can see by the following chart, the reimbursement rate from July of 2006 to the present has changed six times.
|July 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006||$.445/mile|
|January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007||$.485/mile|
|January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2008||$.505/mile|
|July 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008||$.585/mile|
|January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009||$.55/mile|
|January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010||$.50/mile|
|January 1, 2011 to June 31, 2011||$.51/mile|
|July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012||$.555/mile|
|January 1, 2013 and Continuing||$.565/mile|
The rates in the above chart are the rates to be used for transportation during the period listed. For example, if the injured worker incurred a medical mileage expense between July 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006, the rate is $.445/mile.
You can click on the dates in the above chart and link to a Medical Mileage Expense Form for that specific period of time, which you can print off and use to request reimbursement.
Lastly, injured workers commonly ask, "How long do I have to wait for my reimbursement?" According to case law, the insurance company has 60 days from receipt of the request to pay or dispute the mileage reimbursement request.
Injured workers are encouraged to timely submit their mileage reimbursement requests (i.e. every 90 days) to facilitate prompt reimbursement.