Question :
What types of benefits does the law provide?
Answer :
Medical Benefits

The law provides for the payment of all reasonable and necessary medical care incurred to treat the injury. This includes reasonably necessary transportation expenses. Mileage for use of a private auto is reimbursed at a rate set by the state of Iowa, currently at 55.5 cents per mile. (85.27)

Under certain circumstances an employee who has to leave work for medical treatment may be eligible for payment of lost wages. (85.27)

While a contested case proceeding or a dispute on reasonableness of a fee is pending, the medical care provider cannot seek payment of its charges from the employee. (85.27)

Disability Benefits

Total weekly compensation for any employee is not to exceed 80% of the employee’s weekly spendable earnings. The law defines "spendable earnings" as that amount remaining after payroll taxes are deducted from gross weekly earnings.

The weekly amount of the disability benefit is determined by the employee’s average gross weekly earnings, the number of exemptions, and the marital status.

The weekly compensation benefit amount is based upon a seven-day calendar week. The maximum weekly disability benefit rate for PPD is $1378. The maximum weekly disability benefit rate of TTD, HP, PTD, and death benefits is $1498. These rates are effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

Division of Workers' Compensation site

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