Injured workers who travel for medical care or evaluation of their injuries will be reimbursed at 62.5 cents per mile starting next month after the Internal Revenue Service upped its standard mileage rate in response to rising gas prices.
The new rate taking effect July 1 is an increase over the current reimbursement rate of 58.5 cents per mile, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute said on Friday.
Mileage reimbursement is tied to the rate state workers are paid to travel, which itself is based on the Internal Revenue Service’s published mileage rate. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig on Friday announced that in light of high gas prices, the rate would increase for the second half of the year. It’s the first mid-year increase in the mileage rate since 2011.
CWCI said it has alerted the Division of Workers’ Compensation of the increase, and the DWC will likely post a Newsline with the new rate after confirming the increase in mileage payments for state workers.
“In the meantime, claims organizations may want to alert their claims staff and programmers of the pending change,” CWCI said.
Source: WorkCompCentral Inc., June 13, 2022: www.workcompcentral.com