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Penalty and Interest

A penalty of 10–20% should be included on overdue balances for workers' compensation medical bills in Georgia. An additional 12% of interest shall be paid on bills more than 90 days overdue.

State

Georgia

Late Payment Due Date

30 days

Late Payment Percentage

Penalty: 10% if paid between 30 and 60 days

               20% if paid between 60 and 90 days

Interest: 12% per annum, but  only if paid after 90 days

Official Code of Georgia

§ 34-9-203. Employer's pecuniary liability for medical charges; liability for medical malpractice; payment of reasonable charges; defense for failure to make payments; penalties 

Statute or Regulation Text

§ 34-9-203 (c) (3)  If any charges for health care goods or services are not paid when due, or any reimbursement for health care goods or services paid by the employee or any charges for mileage incurred by the employee are not paid when due, penalties shall be added to such charges and paid at the same time as and in addition to the charges claimed for the health care goods or services. For any payment of charges paid more than 30 days after their due date, but paid within 60 days of such date, there shall be added to such charges an amount equal to 10 percent of the charges. For any payment of charges paid more than 60 days after their due date, but paid within 90 days of such date, there shall be added to such charges an amount equal to 20 percent of the charges. For any charges not paid within 90 days of their due date, in addition to the 20 percent add-on penalty, the employer or insurer shall pay interest on that combined sum in an amount equal to 12 percent per annum from the ninety-first day after the date the charges were due until full payment is made. All such penalties and interest shall be paid to the provider of the health care goods or services.


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