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By Melissa Wright, Ametros.
When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, many gained access to health insurance that they may not have been able to access otherwise. Based on the most recent data released in June 2016, 10.4 million people were enrolled in plans under the
Florida Workers’ Advocates, with the support of our Platinum Sponsor, Synergy Settlement Services, established a scholarship award in 2016 for worthy student applicants and is proud to continue this award in 2017. With this in mind, your help is needed in identifying students from among the families of your clients who meet the criteria for this award.
As set forth in the application, “The Florida Workers Advocates Scholarship Award is for the individual or individuals chosen by review of a committee of the Florida Workers’ Advocates Board of Directors. The applicant
* National Council of Compensation Insurance v. James F. Fee, et al, Case# 1D16-5408 – The First District Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for February 22, 2017, at 9:00am. A link to the live video can be found on the 1st DCA’s website. Stay tuned… * RetailFirst Insurance Company and Servpro of SE Tampa v. Brenton Davis, 42 Fla. L. Weekly D222, (Fla. 1st DCA, 1/23/17) – In this case of first impression, the 1st DCA holds that under section 440.13(2)(f), the “One-time change” provision allows “only for a one-to-one exchange
Insurance & Banking Subcommittee Part 2 of Panel Discussion on Florida’s Workers’ Compensation System
The Florida House of Representatives’ Insurance & Banking Subcommittee is scheduled to meet February 8, 2017, at 3:30pm. During the meeting, a Panel, previously selected by the House, will continue its discussion on issues relating to Florida Workers’ Compensation System. Florida Workers’ Advocates’ Vice President, Christopher Smith, will be representing the views of injured workers during the panel discussion. If the meeting is aired on House Podcast, members can click http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/PodCasts/PodCasts.aspx to locate the link.
It’s no secret to lawmakers, business owners and workers that Florida’s workers’ compensation system is in need of reform. With the recent unnecessary rate hike in premiums, the state’s economy will suffer, along with the looming potential for job loss.
Recent coverage of the workers’ comp system has correctly focused on the lack of transparency and competition in the ratemaking process. There is every indication that the quest for comprehensive workers’ comp reform, including a new ratemaking process, will be one of the leading issues of the upcoming legislative session.
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,