- Do I have to use my own sick pay for medical treatment for my injury?
Yes. Your sick leave is a benefit provided by the State of Arizona for industrial and non-industrial conditions. For your convenience, most occupational medical clinics provide extended hours. Some are open 24 hours a day.
- Do I get reimbursed for my travel to see the doctor?
The Arizona state statutes and case law require us to pay mileage only in limited situations. Generally this situation occurs when an injured worker does not have access to the needed treatment in the area they work or reside. If we set up an appointment for a second opinion (IME-Independent Medical Exam) and the location is beyond a certain amount of miles, we absolutely have to provide mileage reimbursement and meals per the State per diem schedule. Claims adjusters do have the authority to make exceptions under certain circumstances. Every case is different and if an injured worker is questioning such reimbursement, they should contact their adjuster.
- What should I do if I receive bills from a medical provider?
First, contact the provider to ensure or provide the correct billing information as shown below.
PO Box 4679
Portland, OR 97208
If the problem continues, contact your Risk Management adjuster.
- What are the advantages to going to an Occupational Medical Clinic?
Occupational Medical Clinics specialize in the practice of diagnosing and treating industrial injuries. The physicians and staff are familiar with all the processes and procedures regarding workers’ compensation claims. You would not pay any out of pocket expenses even if your claim is denied. If you choose to go to your primary care physician and the claim is denied, your co-pay is not reimbursed.
- Are worker’s compensation payments taxed?
No. There are no deductions for state or federal taxes, Social Security, union or retirement contributions.
Yes, but you must request permission in writing from Risk Management or the Industrial Commission of Arizona.
- If state employees get a raise, does my workers’ compensation pay go up too?
No. Workers’ Compensation benefits are based on the date of injury.
- Do I receive an allowance for dependents?
Yes. You are paid an additional $25.00 a month if you support one or more dependents.