The Judiciary Committee for the State of Florida House of Representatives will meet next week to discuss workers’ compensation issues. Specifically, the a presentation will be given reviewing the recent judicial rulings declaring parts of the workers’ compensation statute unconstitutional and the impacts on the system. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in Sumner Hall (404 HOB) at 3:30PM. Please check back next week for a video link to the committee meeting.
In Florida workers’ compensation cases, a dispute will often arise as to whether the injury being treated is related to the work accident, or whether the recommended treatment is medically necessary. If an injured worker files a petition asking for any type of benefit, the insurance company has the right, and is likely to exercise that right, to send an injured worker to a non-treating doctor for the purpose of addressing causation questions or evaluating the authorized doctor’s recommended treatment. Putting aside whether the doctor chosen by the carrier is
IWP is a national pharmacy service working as an advocate for injured workers. They take the financial burden out of the prescription process by shipping medications directly to patients and collecting payment from insurance companies. In an effort to improve service, IWP’s New Retail Access Program allows injured workers to fill their prescriptions at a local pharmacy. This program was designed to help your clients with immediate prescription needs (such as controlled pain medications). The Retail Access Program allows injured workers to get their medications the same day they get their prescriptions
Florida House of Representatives holds “Legislator University” Training: Recent Issues Related to Workers’ Compensation
On December 2, 2016, the Florida House staff held a training session to educate members on issues related to the workers’ compensation system. This presentation includes a history of the “Grand Bargain” and issues going back to 1935. During the presentation lawmakers asked questions about the system including the role of NCCI in the process and how other states address rate-making. Other issues include the recent Florida Supreme Court rulings and how they impact the system. As you will see, workers’ compensation will be a priority in the 2017 session.
The Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee held an introductory meeting December 13, 2016 at 10:00a.m. in Tallahassee, Florida. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the committee members, discuss the role of the committee and to provide a broad overview of the workers’ compensation system. After the Committee and staff provided their presentation, the Committee opened the floor to interested parties for provide comment. FWA was well represented at the meeting by several Board Members. Specifically, Kimberly Syfrett and Richard Chait testified as representatives of FWA. In addition,