Injured workers can now collect checks electronically
By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -
There's good news for injured Michigan workers receiving workers' compensation payments. A new rule filed by the Michigan Workers' Compensation Agency (WCA) allows injured workers to receive their weekly payments electronically.
"This new rule is part of our effort to modernize government and improve our customer service. Moving to a paperless environment will reduce costs and increase timeliness," said Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Steve Arwood. "Injured Michigan workers will now be able to receive their earned benefits quicker and more efficiently."
The WCA's rule, which is effective immediately, amends the Michigan Administrative Code and allows electronic transfers or direct deposits to a claimant's financial institution account or debit card. Workers will still be able to receive their payments by check.
"Each year, more than $1 billion in workers' compensation benefits are distributed to injured workers in Michigan and until today, all of those benefits were made by paper check. Now they can be paid electronically," said WCA Director Kevin Elsenheimer.
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