H.B. No. 886
relating to an optional preauthorization plan for the workers'
compensation return-to-work pilot program for small employers.
       SECTION 1.  Section 413.022, Labor Code, is amended by
adding Subsection (c-1) to read as follows:
       (c-1)  The commissioner by rule shall establish an optional
preauthorization plan for eligible employers who participate in the
pilot program. To participate in the preauthorization plan, an
employer must submit a proposal to the division, in the manner
prescribed by the division, that describes the workplace
modifications and other changes that the employer proposes to make
to accommodate an injured employee's return to work. If the
division approves the employer's proposal, the division shall
guarantee reimbursement of the expenses incurred by the employer in
implementing the modifications and changes from the account unless
the division determines that the modifications and changes differ
materially from the employer's proposal. Reimbursement under this
subsection is subject to the limit imposed under Subsection (c).
       SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
   President of the SenateSpeaker of the House      
       I certify that H.B. No. 886 was passed by the House on March
22, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, 1 present, not
Chief Clerk of the House   
       I certify that H.B. No. 886 was passed by the Senate on May 3,
2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate    
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