Schatz v. Interfaith Care Ctr.Annotate this Case
Employee was injured in a work-related accident in Minnesota and then moved to Wyoming where she received medical treatment. The Wyoming medical providers submitted their charges to Employer's workers' compensation insurer. Relying on Minn. Stat. 176.136, subd. 1b(d), the insurer made payments in the amount provided under the workers' compensation benefit structure in Wyoming. Employee filed a workers' compensation medical request for the unpaid balance, arguing that Minn. Stat. 176.135, subd. 1 was controlling. The workers' compensation judge agreed and found for Employee. The workers' compensation court of appeals reversed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Minn. Stat. 176.136, subd. 1b(d) limits a Minnesota employer's workers' compensation liability to an out-of-state medical provider to the amounts provided in the workers' compensation schedule of benefits in the state where the provider is located; and (2) section 16.136, subd. 1b(d) was not unconstitutional as applied.