We may disclose certain non-tax return information, including verification of SSNs,
to a WC carrier or self-insurer when authorized by the State agency responsible for
administration of the WC program to administer the WC program on the State agency’s
behalf. This is because the carrier or self-insurer is acting as an agent of the State
agency. We may disclose information under the same routine use noted in GN 03314.135A.1.
NOTE: We may disclose medical records to a WC carrier or self-insurer only with the written
consent of the individual.
For information concerning the verification of SSNs, see GN
NOTE: The specific types of information needed by the carrier will vary from State to
State. We may disclose the average current earnings (ACE), when requested, if it is
shown on the Master Beneficiary Record. We derive the ACE from tax return information;
however, it is not considered tax return information because specific earnings amounts
cannot be determined after we compute the ACE. For more information, see GN 03320.001D.2, first bullet.
Advise the requester to verify the SSN through the State agency responsible for administering
the WC program or through the claimant or beneficiary, if there is any question as
to whether or not a requester is a carrier or self-insurer.