What is it?
The State Employee Injury Compensation Trust Fund (SEICTF) was created by the Alabama Legislature to be effective October 1, 1994.
Its purpose is to provide indemnity and medical benefits for injuries incurred on the job. Indemnity benefits consist of lost wages caused by job injury,
payment for permanent partial and permanent total disability, and payments to dependents and for burial expenses in the event of fatal injury.
The legislature observed that job injury compensation practices for state workers needed much improvement.
Some employees worked for departments that self-insured benefits for injuries, with benefits much like those in the private sector.
Most others received benefits unevenly and with great uncertainty through facilities such as the Special Leave Reimbursement Program for lost time,
and Board of Adjustment for permanent injury and shortfalls on deductibles and co-pays. Medical costs were paid by the State Employees Insurance Board (SEIB) for those employees covered by SEIB.
The net result of all this was that employees could not be certain of the level of injury compensation they would receive for job injury costs, or when it might be paid.
The process of recovery of funds was complex and troublesome to employees and expensive for the State to administer.
The SEICTF is a funded program that provides to eligible employees benefits that are known and are secure. It replaces the complex procedures outlined above.
How Does SEICTF Work?
MEDICAL. Covered employees who are injured on the job secure medical care from a health care provider (physician, hospital or clinic).
SEICTF is responsible for payment to the medical care provider. The employees will not have to pay co-payments and deductibles.
LOST TIME. Here is an outline of the benefits applicable to work-related injuries that result in lost work time.
- Waiting Period. There is a three work day period for which no lost time benefit is paid. Should the lost time reach twenty one calendar days,
the initial three day period is then paid. The employee may elect to use sick or annual leave to cover the waiting period or take leave without pay.
- SEICTF 2/3 Amount Paid. When away from the job due to work injury, employee compensation is two-thirds weekly wage subject to the maximum compensation
rate in effect at the time of the injury. The employee is paid via SEICTF warrant.
There are no deductions for State or Federal income taxes, Social Security or Medicare.
- Duration of Payments. Payments for temporary disability continue as long as the employee cannot work as a result of the covered
injury and is supported by medical and vocational opinions.
- Option to Use Sick/Annual Leave. In lieu of the lost time benefit outlined above, injured employees have the option to utilize personal accumulated annual and sick leave.
If this option is elected, SEICTF 2/3 lost wage benefits will start when personal leave is exhausted, or whenever the employee chooses to accept benefits as opposed to using leave.
Before benefits can be paid, the injured employee and the supervisor must complete the "Employee Election for Lost Time Benefits" (SEICTF Form 2)
form following a work-related injury requiring lost-time from work (See the appendix).
Summary of Key Features
- Medical Costs
- Co-pays and deductibles are covered.
- All reasonable and necessary medical expenses are covered.
- Lost Time
- Payment is tax-free - 2/3 current wage subject to weekly maximum rate.
- Special Leave Reimbursement Program not applicable.
- Injured employee remains on payroll as long as permissible.
- Employee compensation is paid via SEICTF warrant when electing 2/3 option.
- Employee compensation is paid via state payroll check when electing Leave option.
- The degree of disability or vocational loss is based on loss of access to jobs and loss of income as a result of a covered injury.
- The amount of compensation awarded is based on the degree of disability or vocational loss.
- A maximum $5,000 for burial expenses is provided.
- Benefit compensation payments made to eligible dependents up to 500 weeks.
Compensation consists of up to 2/3 of the weekly salary tax free and subject to established minimum and maximum weekly salary amounts.
The Role Of The Program Coordinator
To a great extent, the success of the State Employee Injury Compensation Trust Fund (SEICTF) will be determined by the involvement of the Program Coordinator at the department or division level.
The Division of Risk Management (DORM) will rely heavily on these individuals to act as liaison for this program.
Their involvement and dedication for the benefit of their departmental employees will be evident in the future.
What we at DORM see as the major roles of the Program Coordinator are to:
- Attend training conferences to master program content and gain an understanding of the day-to-day operation of the overall program.
- Assure SEICTF program and practices are understood.
- Act as a conduit for communications between DORM and departmental staff.
- Provide advice and guidance to DORM on departmental-specific issues. Also the coordinator should work closely with DORM on early return to work and injury prevention programs
as this is essential to a cost-effective program.
We at DORM will rely heavily on your input and assistance. If you have changes in Program Coordinators, please notify SEICTF immediately in writing at SEICTF, P.O. Box 1390, Montgomery, AL 36102-1390.
In addition, should you have any questions regarding your role as coordinator, please contact us at (334) 223-6162.
Making a Claim
How to Initiate SEICTF Benefits
- Injured employee notifies supervisor.
- Determine whether an employee needs medical attention. Refer to your pocket guide card for the toll free telephone number.
To avoid co-pays and deductibles, complete the Authorization for Initial Treatment Form (SEICTF Form 3A) for the employee to take to the SEICTF Provider Network physician.
This form will allow the employee to receive treatment without having to pay co-pays or deductibles. Use common sense.
If employee is severely injured, do not delay getting medical attention in order to complete this form.
- Complete all items on the First Report of Injury (SEICTF Form 1).
- Within 24 hours of notification of injury, fax the completed Form 1 to Risk Management at (334)223-6170.
If a fax machine is not available, call in the information to (800) 388-3406.
- Retain the original Form 1 for your files. File other copies with your Agency as required.
- Within 24 hours after the injury, the employee must select a payment option under Item A and also under Item B on the Employee Election for Lost Time Benefits (SEICTF Form 2).
Delay in option selection will delay compensation payment to the employee. Item A concerns time lost from work up to three days and Item B time lost in excess of three days.
If the employee misses more than three days of work, then:
- Immediately fax the completed Form 2 to (334) 223-6170.
- Mail the original form to SEICTF, P.O. Box 303250, Montgomery, AL 36130-3250.
- Retain a copy for your files.
2/3 Option Bi-Weekly Payroll Period Requirements
Beginning with the payroll period in which the employee was injured, as soon as possible after the payroll period ends,
but no later than 12:00 noon on the SEICTF cut-off date shown on the GHRS Production-Merit Agencies Schedule, report via a fax to the Risk Management Division, (334)223-6170,
a statement giving the following information: the name of the injured employee, their social security number, date of injury,
the number of hours the injured employee was scheduled to work during the current payroll period, and the number of hours worked that payroll period (if zero state zero).
Include any leave taken in with the number of hours worked. Also show return to work date when the employee returns to work.
Note: As long as the employee is out of work due to his or her injury, it is imperative that you provide and fax this payroll information to Risk Management for each semimonthly payroll cut off period.
Your failure to do so will result in a delayed compensation payment to the injured worker. Please notify SEICTF immediately if the employee retires or is terminated from State service.
When the Employee is paid on SEICTF warrant, no deductions will be made. Employee is responsible for dependent health coverage with state employees insurance board and other payroll deductions.
Employee should read SEICTF pamphlet "SEICTF Guide to Benefits and Claims Filing" for important information regarding benefits.
Preferred Provider Network
The Preferred Provider Network is an approved list of physicians that employees must use in order to obtain medical care for a work-related injury.
The Network Primary Care Physician is essential in coordinating health care needs
and recommending a referral to a specialist if specialty care is needed. The Network Physician will file claims for the employee and will not charge
a co-payment for services rendered.
If an employee has a work-related injury, he or she must take the following steps:
- Notify their supervisor as soon as possible.
- The supervisor will direct the employee to a Network Preferred Provider/Gatekeeper who will provide any necessary medical care. A list of the Network Preferred Providers is on the DORM website at http://www.riskmgt.alabama.gov.
If the supervisor is unavailable, call the Provider Network Administrator at (800) 388-3406 or (334) 223-6284.
In case of an emergency, the employee should seek immediate care at the nearest medical facility and notify their supervisor as soon as possible.
The next business day, the employee should follow up with a Preferred Provider/Gatekeeper.
It is very important that each participating state agency take the necessary steps to ensure that all covered employees know the procedures to follow in the event of a work-related injury.
If an employee has questions, he or she should contact their supervisor or the State Employee Injury Compensation Trust Fund Coordinator for their department.
SEICTF Employee Election Options
Here are some thoughts for you when choosing the compensation options as listed on the SEICTF Election for Lost Time Benefits (SEICTF Form 2) Section B.
- If you choose to use your leave:
- You receive your usual net pay via State payroll check. Payroll amount and deductions remain the same.
- Two-thirds of your current wage would not be taxed subject to the maximum compensation rate amount in effect at the time of your accident.
- You continue to accrue Leave in accordance with State Personnel Rules.
- You stay on the state payroll until your paid leave is exhausted.
- You continue to accrue retirement credit in accordance with governing laws.
- If you choose to use the SEICTF two-thirds pay option:
- You receive two-thirds of your current wage via SEICTF warrant, subject to the maximum compensation rate in effect at the time of your accident.
Payment of SEIB dependent health care coverage and other preauthorized payroll deductions are the responsibility of the employee.
- The two-thirds amount is not taxed.
- You accrue leave in accordance with State Personnel Rules.
- You stay on the state payroll as long as permissible.
- Ineligible to accrue retirement credit.
Disputes. A disagreement may arise occasionally between the injured worker and SEICTF relating to compensability of an injury, the nature of treatment for the injury,
or the amount of benefits payable for the injury under the SEICTF Program. Should this occur, mediation, a Review Board,
or an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is available to consider the merits of the issue(s) raised and provide a ruling to resolve the dispute(s).
Purpose. The SEICTF Program provides for an impartial Review Board or ALJ to assure fair and equitable administration of benefits to injured employees.
It will resolve disputes with respect to entitlement to compensation and medical benefits, including the amount of compensation,
and will approve lump sum settlements which have been agreed to by employees and SEICTF. The Review Board Panel consists of three members for any case.
Each member has knowledge of the SEICTF Program.
Lump Sum Settlements. These type settlements must be by agreement of the parties and arise normally with injuries that lead to permanent partial disability.
An example of such an injury is an injury to the hand that causes the loss of use of a finger. The settlement amount is automatically reviewed by the Review Board,
which must approve the settlement before it becomes final.
Initiating Review Board or ALJ Consideration. No action is required for lump sum agreements. For disputes as to compensability or amount of compensation,
the employee may contact the State Employee Injury Compensation Trust Fund (334) 223-6162. You will be referred to a Claims Examiner who will provide guidance
on how to present the issue and will provide the employee with an appropriate form to present facts to the Review Board or ALJ.
The Review Board panel meets as required and there will be no undue delay in Board response.
For questions regarding the program including benefits or a specific claim, call 1-800-388-3406 or 334-223-6162.
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
This set of questions and answers are intended to be the forerunner of a much more complete set of Q and A as the SEICTF Program matures.
Readers should direct specific questions to those listed as "KEY STAFF." Meaningful issues will be accumulated and detailed answers provided from time to time.
Who is responsible for notifying DORM of an employee injury and how should that be done?
The injured employee should promptly notify his supervisor. The supervisor should immediately complete the Employer's First Report (SEICTF Form 1) and fax it to the number on the form.
As an emergency exception, call 1-800-388-3406, and fax or mail the completed form.
How do we initiate lost time payments if the employee is unable to return to work?
If lost time of greater than three work days is expected at the time the First Report is faxed, so indicate on the report.
If the lost time beyond three days becomes evident later, complete Employee Election for Lost Time Benefits Form and fax to SEICTF at (334) 223-6170.
If an employee feels has concerns or questions regarding SEICTF benefits, what should be done?
The employee should call SEICTF at 1-800-388-3406 or 334-223-6162.
If the supervisor is concerned that the injury was not in the line and scope of employment, what should be done?
Be sure to fully complete the First Report. Indicate factual data that leads to the concern.
If the supervisor is concerned that the employee has not returned to work, what should be done?
The supervisor should validate the facts and contact SEICTF at (800) 338-3406.
If the employee insists on medical care from non-approved health care providers, what should be done?
Inform the injured employee to contact SEICTF immediately. Obtaining medical treatment from non-approved health care providers may result in ineligibility or termination of SEICTF benefits.
Is there a Return to work Program included in the benefits of SEICTF?
SEICTF assists agencies in developing and implementing an Early Return to Work Program. For more information, please call (334) 223-6162.
How do I get additional supplies of forms, such as SEICTF Guide to Benefits and Claims Filing, Posting Notice, First Report of Injury, and Authorization for
Initial Treatment to Provide Medical Service?
Download forms from the top of this page.