Current Legislation on Workers Compensation
CALL TO ACTION SENATE BILL 112
The WCCA is proud to announce that in partnership with the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, Senate Bill 112, a comprehensive workers’ compensation reform bill sponsored by Sen. Giessel, was filed last Wednesday.
Clearly establishes that an injury is compensable only if it is the major contributing cause
Establishes evidence-based treatment guidelines
Replaces the current costly and totally ineffective vocational rehabilitation system with a voucher system
Establishes a more fair adjudication process by moving hearings and pre-hearings to the Office of Administrative Hearings, a move that would also significantly reduce the Department of Labor budget
Repeals and replaces the current claimant attorney fee structure
Please write your legislators in support of this bill.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING: The Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board will conduct a full board meeting, May 12-13, 2016. This meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 9:00AM.
HB 307 Memo
HB 214/SB 119 – Repeal Workers Comp Appeals Commission – OLSON and MICCICHE
The Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board has finalized its review of the proposed fee schedule regulations and opened up a final public comment period. Written comments will be accepted through October 23, 2015, and oral comments will be heard at the next AWCB Board Meeting on October 29, 2015, being held in room 208, 3301 Eagle St., Anchorage, AK 99503.
Oral comments will be heard from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon and we urge as many of you as can do so to show up in person to testify. If you can’t be there in person, then we urge you to submit written testimony in favor of the proposed regulations.
Attached is the letter the WCCA sent to the Board in support of the proposed regulations. We urge all employers to write their own letters and to testify in support. The WCCA believes there is much work left to do with regards to controlling, and even reducing medical costs. This is an important first step and the WCCA supports the Board’s efforts.
Please send your letters via fax to the Department of Labor at (907)
465-2797 or via e-mail to Marie.Marx@alaska.gov.
Thank you for your support. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
In 2014 Alaska’s legislature passed a number of bills that started the discussion, but did not provide comprehensive reform. WCCA believes that Alaska’s legislature should take up Workers Compensation Reform in 2015, however, with the budget deficit, it will take business people and employees contacting their legislators telling them that it is important.
Click here for more information on what makes Alaska’s Workers Compensation cost so high and for the opportunity to begin acting to help enact change.
Click here to see the 2014 letter to Governor Walker urging his support for significant, comprehensive workers’ compensation reform.