Senator Gatti’s bill SB107 was signed by Governor John Bel Edwards and is now Act 122, set to go into effect on August 1st, 2019. The bill adds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of compensable presumptions under workers’ comp for first responders (state police, emergency medical personnel, volunteer firefighters, sheriff and sheriff’s deputies). The presumption may only be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence.
The 2019 Regular Legislative Session began on April 8th at noon. Several workers’ comp bills were filed for this Session, which was a fiscal-only Session. Only four bills made it all the way through the process and are on their way to the Governor.
As the few workers’ comp bills filed this Legislative Session move through the process in the Session’s final weeks, Representative Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) spoke with Louisiana Comp Blog to discuss his bill that sought to rein in medical implants prices and PTSD presumptions.
The House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee heard several bills this morning, two regarding workers’ comp which have already passed through the same Senate Committee.
Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration Director Sheral Kellar issued an additional public notice via email regarding the potential shift of the OWCA statutory dedicated fund from a fund to fees and self-generated revenue.
The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. Most of the workers’ comp bills filed have been frozen out in order for legislators to focus on other priorities, like Louisiana’s budget issues.
The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC), which met April 26th in Baton Rouge, voted on several bills, including Senator Luneau’s bill (which has already gotten through Senate Labor) that would require a hearing from a workers’ comp judge before benefits can be terminated for failure to attend a second medical examination or cooperate with vocational rehabilitation.
The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. Most bills involving workers’ comp have not moved this session, but one HB 536 which would require a hearing from a workers’ comp judge before benefits can be cut off for a missed second medical opinion, did make it out of Committee last week.
The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. New bills have been added to this list including one that would make changes to medical examinations and one that would add new conditions to Louisiana’s existing medical marijuana program.
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.