The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would punish caregivers seeking to collect compensation from injured workers for medical workers' compensation procedures.
H.B. 2253, which was approved in a vote of 128-3, describes penalties, costs and costs for attempts by caregivers to collect medical services from an injured worker if they have been told that the services performed were for an injured compensation for workers.  According to the bill, a caregiver could be fined $ 1,000 for each attempt to collect payments from an injured worker for care performed for a compensable injury. This includes contact by mail, telephone, text message or e-mail, hiring a debt collection agency or third party to collect from the employee, file a claim in the conciliation court, attach the employee's tax refund or submit a report to a credit company.
In addition, the legislation authorizes the insurance commissioner to ask the healthcare provider to reimburse costs and expenses to the employee as a result of illegal collection measures. This includes making reasonable efforts to restore the employee's credit rating if it has been damaged as a result of a crime and compensating the injured worker for all money paid to the care provider with interest.
The bill would also make changes in compensation and compensation for care of facilities. The legislation would change the minimum weekly wage to 20% of the maximum weekly wage paid or the employee's actual weekly wage, whichever is lower. Currently, the minimum weekly compensation is $ 1
If signed into law, the penalties for incorrect collection from workers would come into force on 1 July 2021, while the rest would enter into force on 1 October 2021.