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§ 126.15. Procedures for Resolution of Underpayments of Income Benefits

(a) This section applies to insurance carrier underpayment of income benefits. It does not apply to:

(1) insurance carrier underpayment of death, burial, or medical benefits; or

(2) redesignation of income benefits.

(b) If the insurance carrier determines on its own that an underpayment of income benefits has occurred, the insurance carrier shall pay the full amount of the underpayment with interest on accrued but unpaid benefits in accordance with Chapter 408, Labor Code, applicable division rules related to payment of benefits, § 102.10 of this title (relating to Interest, General), and § 126.12 of this title (relating to Payment of Interest on Accrued but Unpaid Income Benefits) within seven days of the determination.

(c) If an injured employee determines that the injured employee has received less than the correct amount owed in income benefits and the injured employee wishes to resolve the underpayment under this section, the injured employee must notify the insurance carrier in writing to request the additional amount. The notice must include an explanation and information that supports the injured employee’s determination of the underpayment.

(d) If the insurance carrier agrees with the injured employee that there has been an underpayment of income benefits, the insurance carrier shall pay the full amount of the underpayment with interest on accrued but unpaid benefits in accordance with Chapter 408, Labor Code, applicable division rules related to payment of benefits, § 102.10 of this title, and § 126.12 of this title within seven days of receipt of the notice from the injured employee.

(e) If the insurance carrier disagrees that there has been an underpayment of income benefits, the insurance carrier must, within seven days of receipt of the notice from the injured employee, provide the injured employee with written notice of its determination. The insurance carrier notice must be in plain language, in English or Spanish, as appropriate, and include the reasons for the insurance carrier’s determination, and a statement that the injured employee may request dispute resolution through the dispute resolution processes outlined in Chapters 140-144 and 147 of this title (relating to Dispute Resolution), including expedited dispute resolution.

(f) The insurance carrier must provide notice to the injured employee and the division of any change in the payment of an injured employee’s income benefits in accordance with the requirements of § 124.2 of this title (relating to Carrier Reporting and Notification Requirements).

(g) If an insurance carrier disagrees that there has been an underpayment of income benefits, the injured employee may request dispute resolution through the dispute resolution processes outlined in Chapters 140-144 and 147 of this title, including expedited dispute resolution.

(h) This section does not affect the division’s authority to identify and take action on underpayments on its own motion.

The provisions of this §126.15 adopted to be effective January 1, 2012, 36 TexReg 8854.

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§ 126.15. Procedures for Resolution of Underpayments of Income Benefits

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Title 28. Insurance

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