SB 403

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2009-2010 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 26, 2009
  • Senate
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Workers' compensation: lien claims.


Existing law establishes a workers' compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries incurred in the course of employment. Existing law requires the administrative director, after public hearings, to adopt and revise periodically an official medical fee schedule that establishes reasonable maximum fees paid for medical services other than physician services, drugs and pharmacy services, health care facility fees, home health care, and all other treatment, care, services, and specified goods. Existing law authorizes a health care provider or licensed health facility and a contracting agent, employer, or carrier to contract for reimbursement rates different from those in the fee schedule. Existing law authorizes the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board to determine and allow certain expenses, including certain reasonable expenses incurred by or on behalf of the injured employee for medical and hospital treatment, as liens against any award of compensation. This bill, commencing March 1, 2010, would prohibit a lien claim for expenses incurred by or on behalf of the injured employee for medical and hospital treatment from being filed more than one year from the date the health care provider, or the health care provider's agent, was sent an explanation of benefits or explanation of review paying a bill pursuant to the official medical fee schedule or a preferred provider organization (PPO) agreement. The bill would provide that this prohibition shall apply without regard to whether the injury occurs before, on, or after March 1, 2010.

Bill Sponsors (1)


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Feb 01, 2010


Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.

Apr 29, 2009


Set, first hearing. Testimony taken. Further hearing to be set.

Apr 27, 2009


From committee with author's amendments. Read second time. Amended. Re-referred to Com. on L. & I.R.

  • Reading-1
  • Referral-Committee
  • Reading-2
  • Committee-Passage
Com. on L. & I.R.

Apr 17, 2009


Set for hearing April 29.

Apr 16, 2009


Hearing postponed by committee.

Mar 24, 2009


Set for hearing April 22.

Mar 12, 2009


To Coms. on L. & I.R. and JUD.

Feb 27, 2009


From print. May be acted upon on or after March 28.

Feb 26, 2009


Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

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02/26/09 - Introduced PDF
04/27/09 - Amended Senate PDF

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