Changes in WAMO Section 32 Procedure
The Board’s Waiver Agreement Management Office (“WAMO”) has advised of changes regarding WAMO settlements. Future Section 32 agreements involving established WCL Section 15(8)(d) claims will be processed by the Special Funds Group. Settlements will be paid by the carrier or self-insured employer to claimants, then reimbursed by the Special Funds Group, rather than paid to claimants directly from WAMO.
The Board has not issued a formal announcement on this as of this writing. Presently, the Board website simply states, “WAMO Section 32 process is being revised.” We were advised of the change by an attorney in the Board’s Special Funds Group / Waiver Agreement Management Office. We await further guidance from the Board, as the change is likely to affect the WAMO application process and the format of WAMO settlement agreements.