The Iowa workers comp commissioner is the head of the division of worker’s compensation, it is also part of the Iowa workforce development and holds responsibilities in enforcing, regulating, and administering the workers’ compensation laws in Iowa.
There is no state fund in Iowa. Employers are able to insure through a group of employers, self-insurance, or through private carriers. There is also no exemption for those employer having as small number of employees.
Other than family members who are excluded, agricultural workers are covered if their employer’s cash wage payment totals during the previous year amounts to a sum of at least $2,500. Domestic employees are covered for an Iowa workers comp benefit if they worked about or in a private dwelling (not a regular household member) and their earnings are $1,500 or over at the time of the 12 consecutive months before the injury.
Medical care for injured employees is managed by the employer in Iowa. If the employee is not satisfied with the physician selected by the employer, the employee may discuss this with the employer and the insurance carrier and may request alternate options for treatment. In certain cases, if the employee feels the employers doctor's diagnosis is incorrect, the employee may be entitled to an exam by a doctor of their choice and at the expense of their employer.
Details for workers comp in Iowa are defined in the Iowa Code chapters 85 through 87, 17A and chapter 876 of the Iowa Administrative Code.
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