The closed formulary bill for workers’ comp (SB256 by Senator Martiny) was voluntarily deferred in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday, May 6th. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke with WCAC formulary task force members Greg Hubachek and Troy Prevot to get their perspective on the what led to the defeat.
The 2015 Legislative Session is moving along at a rapid clip, although the major comp measure to watch of this Session (SB256, proposing a closed formulary for workers’ comp) has not yet come up in Committee. Every Monday throughout the session, which is slated to end on June 11th, Louisiana Comp Blog will keep you up to date on the complete list of bills we are tracking, and the latest developments.
This month’s “Women in Comp” featured executive is Pauline Williams, Director of the Workers’ Compensation Second Injury Board and Manager of Finance and Audit for the Louisiana Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration. Williams gave us an inside look at her life and times, plus details on the inner workings of the Second Injury Fund in light of a requested appropriations increase currently at issue in the Legislature.
The 2015 Legislative Session is entering its third week, and the filing deadline came and went last Wednesday with no bombshell filings in the comp department. Last Thursday, the Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) considered four of the key measures on our tracking list. Every Monday throughout the session, which is slated to end on June 11th, Louisiana Comp Blog will keep you up to date on the complete list of bills we are tracking, and the latest developments.
Today is the start of the second week of the 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session. Lawmakers have been largely preoccupied with fiscal concerns over the last week, with the $1.6 billion budget shortfall and Governor Jindal’s tax policies a major topic of local discussion and media coverage. The filing deadline for both the House and Senate is on Wednesday, April 22nd. Until then, Louisiana Comp Blog is monitoring any last minute additions to the list of workers’ comp-relevant bills we are tracking. Every Monday throughout the session, which is slated to end on June 11th, Comp Blog will keep you up to date on the latest developments.
The 2015 session of the Louisiana state Legislature officially began today, April 13th, 2015. Although the filing deadline for both the House and Senate is not until the 22nd, several key bills affecting the workers’ compensation arena across the state have been pre-filed. Every Monday throughout the session, which is slated to end on June 11th, Louisiana Comp Blog will keep you up to date on the bills we’re tracking and the latest developments.
Due to term limits, sixty percent of the current membership of the Louisiana Legislature will be barred from re-election in the next four years. By the 2019 elections, there will be forty-seven term limited representatives from the House and nineteen from the upper chamber for a total of sixty-six ineligible candidates, according to Jeremy Alford at LaPolitics Weekly, and on October 24, 2015, Louisiana will elect a new Governor.
In light of this potential political upheaval in the coming years and the impending gubernatorial election, Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to local workers’ comp industry leaders to ask them about their hot button issues: what do potential Louisiana politicians up for election and re-election need to know about workers’ comp right now?
AMERISAFE recently announced that CEO Allen Bradley will be transitioning into a new role as Executive Chairman of the Board and that G. Janelle Frost will be succeeding him at the company. Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to Bradley to discuss his career, his thoughts about the workers’ comp system at large and what he loves about Louisiana after a storied and varied career in and out of workers’ comp.
The state’s workers’ comp system and its array of expenses were in the spotlight yesterday at a pre-2015 Legislative Session meeting of the Legislative Audit Advisory Council. The purpose of the meeting was to address an audit of workers’ comp costs in the state released February 9th, 2015, and to address the recommendations therein. State agencies and stakeholders on both the labor and business sides of the question testified and were charged with facilitating discussion and making amendments to the system at the administrative level.
In a letter to members late last year, the Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) quietly announced that it will expand its mission and goals beyond self-insured workers’ comp to represent the “voice of the self-insurance industry” in all lines of self-insurance, most notably health.