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SO MUCH PER MILE....

So much per mile.... In a workers' compensation case it is important to think about mileage reimbursement. The problem is that the price of gasoline seems to trend upwards on a weekly basis, with only a slight dip down every once in a while. This puts the worker at a real disadvantage because while the gas prices rise rapidly, the Industrial Commissioner does not allow you to be reimbursed based on the realistic cost. Instead, once a year the Commissioner looks at the statistics in June and picks a gas price for the next 365 days. Here's a link to the Commissioner's website that will show you the current reimbursement rate: http://www.iowaworkforce.org/wc/newsandupdates.htm (In 2010 the rate is $.50 per mile) This is why it's a smart idea to talk with us about changes in the gas mileage reimbursement system. In this era of declining oil production worldwide, and the resulting increase in gas prices, it seems reasonable to take the position with the insurance carriers that the reimbursement rate should be adjusted regularly, not just once a year. With a flexible approach to reimbursement the insurance industry will benefit as well. If the price of gas dips dramatically (what do you think the chances are of that?) then the insurance company would benefit from a flexible plan as well. As with many things in work comp it seems unfair to make the worker wait one year to receive the compensation based on factors that the worker cannot control.

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