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24.29.207    CONTESTED CASES

(1) Except as provided in (2), parties having a dispute involving legal rights, duties, or privileges, where the dispute is one over which the department has jurisdiction to hold a hearing, must bring the dispute to the department for a contested case hearing.

(2) The following disputes are required to follow the administrative rules on mediation before proceeding as provided by statute to either a contested case hearing before the department or a case in the workers' compensation court:

(a) disputes over benefits available directly to a claimant under Title 39, chapter 71, MCA;

(b) disputes between an insurer and a medical service provider regarding medical services provided; and

(c) disputes involving a determination of the independent contractor central unit regarding the issue of whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.

(3) A contested case concerning employment classifications assigned to an employer by a Plan 2 or Plan 3 insurer is administered by the classification review committee in accordance with 33-16-1012, MCA.

(4) A contested case held by the department under Title 39, chapters 71 or 73, MCA, is administered by the department in accordance with ARM 24.2.101 and 24.29.201(2).

History: 2-4-201, 39-71-203, MCA; IMP, Title 2, chapter 4, part 6, 33-16-1012, 39-71-204, 39-71-415, 39-71-704, 39-71-2401, 39-71-2905, MCA; NEW, 1983 MAR p. 992, Eff. 7/29/83; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 1673, Eff. 7/1/96; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 2872, Eff. 11/1/98; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 2701, Eff. 10/6/00; AMD, 2007 MAR p. 1670, Eff. 10/26/07.

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