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Impacts of COVID-19 and the WC System

On Dec. 6, 2021, DWC extended its mandatory data call through June 30, 2022, for certain information related to COVID-19 injuries reported to selected insurance carriers on or after Dec. 1, 2019.  

There were several key findings according to the latest DWC report, COVID-19 in the Texas Workers’ Compensation System, as of Feb. 6, 2022: 

DWC Resumes Texas Labor Code Provisions and DWC Rules Suspended During COVID-19 Pandemic 

On July 2, 2021, DWC issued Commissioners Bulletin #B-0018-21, informing workers’ compensation system participants that they would be resuming Texas Labor Code provisions and DWC rules related to work search compliance standards for supplemental income benefits (SIBs) and certain designated doctor (DD) examinations and required medical examinations (RMEs) that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective Aug. 2, 2021, injured employees are required to meet at least one of the work search requirements to be able to get SIBs. And effective Aug. 2, 2021, DWC resumed processing requests for DD examinations and RMEs for all issues, including return to work or disability as a direct result of a compensable injury.

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