Beginning about June 1, injured workers who travel to get medical treatment or advice in connection with the injury will be paid the same amount that state employees are reimbursed for using their own vehicles on state business.

The State Industrial Commission has adopted a rule tying the two together so the commissioners don't have to change the rule every time the state increases its travel reimbursement.During their March meeting, the commissioners were thinking about allowing injured workers to be reimbursed 25 cents per mile when traveling to get medical service or advice in connection with an injury suffered on the job.

Meanwhile, Joyce A. Sewell, director of the Industrial Accidents Division, said the reimbursement should be tied to the regular state travel reimbursement to maintain continuity and avoid going through the extensive rule-making process to keep it that way.