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Comp in the Capitol 2018: 1008 Deadline Bill Involuntarily Deferred, Others Crawl Along

The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. Several workers’ comp bills have been filed for this Session, including one which would open carriers up to tort liability if they unreasonably deny medical treatment, which was recently involuntarily deferred in Committee after heated testimony.

OWCA Braces for Change in Funding Due to Subcommittee Action

Despite the fact that the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA), AFL-CIO, and other concerned parties submitted comments or testified against the motion at the meeting of the Ad Hoc Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee of Joint Budget on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, the subcommittee is sticking by its recommendation to reclassify the OWCA statutory dedicated fund as self-generated fees and revenue.

“A Lot of Momentum,” Gov. Edwards Gives Optimistic Speech on Final Day of 2018 Labor Summit

Governor John Bel Edwards gave an impassioned speech to 2018 Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Labor Summit attendees on Friday, March 24th, lauding Louisiana’s unemployment numbers, but encouraging public servants and citizens generally not to forget how far Louisiana must go to create equitable employment opportunities for all.

Comp in the Capitol 2018: Small Group of Workers’ Comp Bills Filed

The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. Several workers’ comp bills have been filed for this Session, including one which would open carriers up to tort liability if they unreasonably deny medical treatment. Notably, no bill has yet been filed that would establish a closed pharmacy formulary for workers’ comp. Formularies akin to Texas’ system were a hot topic in the last two Legislative Sessions.

Comp in the Capitol: Opioid Prescribing Restrictions Make Headway

Although the workers’ comp closed pharmacy formulary bills were voted down at the last Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council meeting in late April and have not yet been scheduled to be heard in Committee, several bills aimed at curbing opioid use among Louisianans generally have moved quickly forward. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of comp-related happenings until the Session ends on June 8th.

Pharmacy Formulary Debate Pits Two Bills Against Each Other – ODG vs. Louisiana-specific

Two closed pharmacy formulary proposals have been filed so far in this year’s Regular Session, which began April 10th and concludes June 8th. One measure, HB 592 by Representatives Talbot, Barras, Davis and Lance Harris, requires the use of the Work Loss Data Institute’s Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Appendix A. The other, HB 529 by Representative Broadwater, does not require the Louisiana Workforce Commission to implement any specific formulary, but rather, would more broadly ask the LWC and Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) to create one with input from a range of system stakeholders.

Comp in the Capitol: Start Your Engines

Much like last year’s session, workers’ compensation as a target for lawmakers’ goals appears to be taking a backseat to the state’s ever-looming budget woes. However, several bills have been filed that could impose a pharmacy formulary and restrict opioid prescribing. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of comp-related happenings until the Session ends on June 8th.