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Workers' Compensation Board

New York State
Workers' Compensation Board
328 State Street  Schenectady, New York 12305
DBIC #43

To:  Insurance Carriers Providing Benefits under the Disability Benefit Law

Subject:  Revision of Proof of Coverage Submission Requirements for Disability Benefits Insurance Carriers

Date:  December 3, 2003


The Workers' Compensation Board's Office of Disability Benefits continues to update and enhance its Employer Compliance functions. As part of this effort, the Board issued DBIC Bulletin #41 on April 8, 2003, which directed that, beginning June 2, 2003, the employer's FEIN would be a mandatory data element on all Disability Benefits coverage transactions with the exception of cancellations.

In order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our Insurance Compliance System, the employer's FEIN will become a mandatory data element for all Disability Benefits transactions, including cancellations, commencing February 1, 2004. Transactions received by the Board that do not meet the mandatory data requirements will be returned to the insurance carrier unprocessed.

Upon request, the Board will provide carriers a report containing the FEINs (where available) of their insureds.

If you have any questions regarding this new policy or would like to request a report of your insureds' FEINs, please contact

Thank you for your cooperation.


Jeffrey R. Sweet
Acting Chairman