S.B. No. 458
  relating to workers' compensation medical benefits for certain
  prosthetic or orthotic devices.
         SECTION 1.  Section 401.011, Labor Code, is amended by
  amending Subdivision (19) and adding Subdivisions (34-a) and (35-a)
  to read as follows:
               (19)  "Health care" includes all reasonable and
  necessary medical aid, medical examinations, medical treatments,
  medical diagnoses, medical evaluations, and medical services. The
  term does not include vocational rehabilitation. The term
                     (A)  medical, surgical, chiropractic, podiatric,
  optometric, dental, nursing, and physical therapy services
  provided by or at the direction of a doctor;
                     (B)  physical rehabilitation services performed
  by a licensed occupational therapist provided by or at the
  direction of a doctor;
                     (C)  psychological services prescribed by a
                     (D)  the services of a hospital or other health
  care facility;
                     (E)  a prescription drug, medicine, or other
  remedy; and
                     (F)  a medical or surgical supply, appliance,
  brace, artificial member, or prosthetic or orthotic device
  [prosthesis], including the fitting of, change or repair to, or
  training in the use of the appliance, brace, member, or device
               (34-a)  "Orthotic device" means a custom-fitted or
  custom-fabricated medical device that is applied to a part of the
  human body to correct a deformity, improve function, or relieve
  symptoms related to a compensable injury or occupational disease.
               (35-a)  "Prosthetic device" means an artificial device
  designed to replace, wholly or partly, an arm or leg.
         SECTION 2.  Subsection (b), Section 1305.004, Insurance
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings
  assigned by Section 401.011, Labor Code:
               (1)  "compensable injury";
               (2)  "doctor";
               (3)  "employer";
               (4)  "health care";
               (5)  "health care facility";
               (6)  "health care practitioner";
               (7)  "health care provider";
               (8)  "injury";
               (9)  "insurance carrier"; [and]
               (10)  "orthotic device";
               (11)  "prosthetic device"; and
               (12)  "treating doctor."
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 458 passed the Senate on
  March 14, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 458 passed the House on
  May 8, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, two present
  not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House