The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. The WCAC weighed in during its March meeting on the most of the workers’ comp-related legislation filed for this session, but few bills have moved so far. The Legislature is largely focused Louisiana’s continued budgetary woes.
Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of comp-related happenings until the Session ends on June 4th, 2018.
The summaries below are for the original versions of each piece of legislation. “Comp in the Capitol,” posted weekly, will address any changes as each measure moves through the process.
HB 257 – Gaines
- This measure creates a 30 day deadline to file 1008.
- The failure to file an appeal from a decision of the medical director denying requested treatment will not have the effect of res judicata on repeated requests for the same treatment.
- Current status: Pending House Labor and Industrial Relations, reported favorably (prescriptive period only) by WCAC 3/23/18
HB 384 – Talbot
- This measure requires the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) to develop and submit for federal approval a program for importing prescription drugs from Canada.
- This measure would also require LDH to publish information on drug price increases submitted by pharmaceutical manufacturers pursuant to proposed law at least once in every three month period and in a manner that allows the information to be identified separately for each drug.
- Current status: Pending House Health and Welfare
HB 451 – Pierre
- This measure makes technical/definitional changes with the effect of requiring foreign and alien insurers to retain licensed workers’ compensation claims adjusters domiciled in La.
- Specifically, it changes the present workers’ comp adjuster licensing law to “La.-domiciled independent claims adjusters” to “licensed workers’ compensation claims adjusters domiciled in this state.”
- Current status: Pending final passage (floor debate scheduled for 3/29/18), WCAC declined to vote on the bill
HB 609 – Seabaugh
- This measure provides for the right of the receiver or a guaranty association to pursue collateral. It applies to workers’ compensation large deductible policies issued by an insurer and subject to delinquency proceedings under current law.
- Current status: Considered in House Insurance 3/28/18, reported favorably
SB 180 – Milkovich
- This measure provides for tort liability for a worker’s compensation insurer that causes further injury through the unreasonable denial of medical treatment to an injured worker.
- This measure expressly excludes the employer holding the valid workers’ comp policy from tort liability and instead “provides that the workers’ compensation insurance company, who actually made the decision to unreasonably deny medical treatment, shall be liable in tort but the employer, who did not make the decision, shall not be liable.”
- Current status: Pending Senate Labor and Industrial Relations
SB 221 – T. Carter
- This measure would change the name of the Louisiana Workforce Commission to the Louisiana Department of Labor.
- Current Status: Senate final passage, WCAC reported favorably 3/23/18
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