April 3, 2014

Workers’ Compensation Fees

Senate Bill 1580 by Senator Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) passed in the Banking and Insurance Committee by a 9-2 vote.  The bill would have limited workers' compensation reimbursement rates for hospital inpatient and outpatient stays to 140 percent of the Medicare rate.  However, an amendment offered by Senator Hays was adopted to remove this provision and replace it with the creation of a task force to study workers' compensation system cost drivers.  The bill will now be referred to the Health Policy Committee for consideration.  In the House, House Bill 1351 Representative Charlie Stone (R-Ocala) was not heard this week. The House bill, which contains language that is similar to the original Senate bill, would limit workers' compensation reimbursement. It has been referred to the Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee for consideration.