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CWCIA Fee Schedule Comments

After much careful collaboration, CWCIA's Issues, Plans and Objectives team along with their Lobbyists, AdvoCal, submitted the following comments to the DWC. A big THANK YOU goes out to Joyce Altman, Lorena Ortiz Schneider and Isis Bolanos Rivera for all their hard work!

Please submit you comments on proposed WC Interpreter Fee Schedule by Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:00pm

Comments must be submitted by email to DWCForums@dir.ca.gov.

 

SB 863 that was passed in 2012 callled for the creation of an Interpreter Fee Schedule. The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has begun this process with a forum where we may all comment on what is proposed. 

When the forum is closed, the DWC will review the comments and begin the Formal Rulemaking Process. This will consist of releasing proposed regulations followed by a comment period and public hearing. After the DWC reviews the comments they will either post revisions and open it up for another public hearing and comment period or finalize the fee schedule. The can revise the proposed fee schedule as many times as needed.  

Thee fee scheule is comming weather we want it or not. When drafting a comments it is imporatnt to keep in mind that the DWC listened to many of the comments we have made in the past. Requiring certification, making provisions for when a certified and a non-certified show up that the certified interpreter gets to stay and requiring non-certified interpreters to state what  ecthical credentials they may have. From the proposal, it is clear that the DWC has a limited understanding of the practical application of these regulations. This is where we come in. We are the experts in our industry and it is up to us to tell them what will not work about this proposal and why. We must offer solutions and keep in mind that all these regulations are intended ensure the injured worker has access to certified interpreters. 

Comments must be submitted by email to DWCForums@dir.ca.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018.