Montana Code Annotated 2013

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     39-71-1004. Industrial accident rehabilitation account. (1) The payments provided in 39-71-1003 must be made from the industrial accident rehabilitation account in the state special revenue fund. Payments to the account must be made each year upon an assessment by the department as follows:
     (a) by each employer operating under the provisions of plan No. 1 of the Workers' Compensation Act, an amount to be assessed by the department, not exceeding 1% of the compensation paid to the employer's injured employees in Montana for the preceding calendar year;
     (b) by each insurer insuring employers under the provisions of plan No. 2 of the Workers' Compensation Act, an amount to be assessed by the department, not exceeding 1% of the compensation paid to injured employees of its insured in Montana during the preceding calendar year;
     (c) by the state fund, an amount to be assessed by the department, not exceeding 1% of the compensation paid by the state fund to injured employees in Montana during the preceding calendar year.
     (2) Separate accounts of the amounts that were collected and disbursements that were made from the industrial accident rehabilitation account in the state special revenue fund must be kept for each of the plans. If in any fiscal year the amount that was collected from the employers under any plan exceeds the amount of payments for employees of the employers under the plan, the assessment against the employers under the plan for the following year must be reduced.
     (3) The payments provided for in this section must be made to the department, which shall credit the sums paid to the industrial accident rehabilitation account in the custody of the state treasurer. Disbursements from the account must be made after approval by the department.
     (4) The board of investments shall invest the money of the industrial accident rehabilitation account, and the investment income must be deposited in the industrial accident rehabilitation account.
     (5) The funds allocated or contributed as provided in this section may not be used for payment of administrative expenses of the department.
     (6) The methods and processes used to disburse rehabilitation expense payments to eligible disabled workers are procedural and do not affect the substantive rights of those disabled workers.

     History: En. Sec. 7, Ch. 21, L. 1961; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 221, L. 1963; amd. Sec. 85, Ch. 23, L. 1975; R.C.M. 1947, 92-1406; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 283, L. 1983; amd. Sec. 64, Ch. 613, L. 1989; amd. Sec. 107, Ch. 546, L. 1995; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 122, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 17, Ch. 377, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 11, Ch. 193, L. 2003.

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