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Program B: Injured Worker Reemployment Program

Program Authorization: LRS 23:1371-1379

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Injured Worker Reemployment Program is to encourage the employment of workers with a permanent condition that is an obstacle to employment or reemployment, by reimbursing the employer of it insured their insurer for the costs of workers’ compensation benefits when such a worker sustains a subsequent job related inury. This is accomplished by: establishing a Second Injury Fund; determining an assessment rate required to maintain a solvent self-generated fund; collecting revenues from self-insured employers and insurance carriers; paying or denying claims for reimbursement in accordance with goverining regulations; and litigating claim denials challenged in the court system.

 

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded from the Louisiana Worker's Compensation - Second Injury Fund. (Per R.S. 39:32b.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) This Fund is administered by five board members: the State Treasurer, Commissioner of Insurance, Director of Worker's Compensation, Secretary of the Department of Social Services and the Secretary of State. Each insurance carrier and the self-insured employer is assessed an annual assessment based on a percentage of the total paid Worker's Compensation benefits. The Board may suspend or lower this assessment rate annually.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$30,292,836

13

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$30,292,836

13

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET – November 20, 1999

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($8,086)

0

Attrition Adjustment

$0

($22,855)

0

Salary Base Adjustment(s)

$0

($2,432)

0

Risk Management Adjustment

$0

($895)

0

 

Civil Service Fees

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$30,258,568

13

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($34,268)

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDATION AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 100.0% of the total request ($20,270,127) for this program. This program does not have any vacant positions for 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$10,000

 

Legal services for contract attorneys to assist in high legal appeals of cases denied for reimbursement of Worker's Compensation claims

21,000

 

Actuarial study of claims required by the legislative auditor to determine validity and accuracy of unfunded liability

 

 

 

$31,000

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$29,587,482

 

Reimbursement to insurance carriers for costs' of Worker's Compensation benefits when an eligible worker sustains a subsequent job related injury

   

$29,587,482

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$158,115

 

Department of Justice-Legal Services

$3,408

 

Division of Administration-Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP)

 

 

 

$161,523

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$12,194

 

Thin Client Expansion – This would provide another phase of thin client expansion in the department from the older terminal and PC technology

 

 

 

$12,194

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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