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RULE §61.406Collateral Sources

(a) The crime victims' fund is the payer of last resort, according to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 56.34(f). Under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Articles 56.34(b) and 56.36(b)(3)(B), the OAG may only pay for those actual pecuniary losses that are not paid by a collateral source.

(b) Collateral sources are those benefits or advantages for pecuniary loss specifically described in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 56.32(a)(3) and do not include other possible sources of reimbursement or recovery.

(c) Service providers should seek payment from all collateral sources which might be readily available to the victim or claimant prior to submitting claims or bills to the OAG, when possible. Service providers shall notify the OAG of all collateral sources being pursued on behalf of the victim or claimant.

(d) The OAG may deny or reduce an award if the OAG notifies the victim, claimant or service provider of a possible collateral source and the victim, claimant or service provider fails to apply or pursue the collateral source within an acceptable time frame for such collateral source. The acceptable time frame will be determined by the OAG upon consideration of all relevant facts and circumstances.

(e) If a service provider receives payment from any other source on behalf of the victim or claimant, the service provider must report the payment and the source to the OAG before receiving reimbursement. If the OAG has already made a payment, the service provider is responsible for notifying the OAG of the amount and the source of the other payment within 10 business days. Payments made to a service provider that reduce the amount of actual pecuniary loss that must be reported to the OAG include, but are not limited to the following: auto insurance; burial insurance; veterans' benefits; worker's compensation; death benefits; foreign consulate payments; gifts, donations and charitable contributions.

(f) Unless good cause exists, a victim or claimant who receives payment, benefits or reimbursement from a collateral source at any time must report that information to the OAG within 30 days.

(g) If the victim or claimant fails to utilize a collateral source that is readily available to the victim or claimant for all or a portion of a pecuniary loss, the OAG may deny or reduce an award to the extent of the unused collateral source.

(h) The OAG may consider good cause shown when determining whether a collateral source is considered readily available to the victim or claimant.

(i) Gifts, donations or charitable contributions made directly to a victim or claimant are not a collateral source and do not reduce the determination of the actual pecuniary losses incurred by the victim or claimant.

Source Note: The provisions of this §61.406 adopted to be effective December 15, 2002, 27 TexReg 11513; amended to be effective November 14, 2007, 32 TexReg 8117; amended to be effective October 30, 2014, 39 TexReg 8373; amended to be effective August 20, 2017, 42 TexReg 3961; amended to be effective September 18, 2022, 47 TexReg 5473

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