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HB 296/LM (BR 1013) - A. Koenig, B. Rowland, J. DeCesare, M. Dossett, P. Pratt, S. Wells, A. Wuchner

     AN ACT relating to workers' compensation.
     Amend KRS 342.020 to limit the obligation to pay medical benefits indefinitely for certain permanent partial disabilities; limit medical benefits to age 70 or four years after date of injury, whichever is later, except for permanent total awards or awards involving prosthetic devices which continue for as long as the employee is disabled; limit the number of urine drug screens for which an employer, insurer, or payment obligor is required to pay; amend KRS 342.035 to require the commissioner of the Department of Workers' Claims to develop, adopt, and implement treatment guidelines and a pharmaceutical formulary on or before December 31, 2018; amend KRS 342.040 to reduce the amount of interest paid on awards; amend KRS 342.125 to clarify that the four-year reopening window begins only from the date of the original order granting or denying benefits; amend KRS 342.185 to provide a statute of repose for cumulative trauma claims; amend KRS 342.320 to increase limitation on attorney's fees to $18,000; amend KRS 342.700 to extend subrogation recovery of medical expenses and delete reference to legal fees and expense; amend KRS 342.730 to allow payment of temporary total disability benefits to be offset for net wages paid to an employee during a period of light-duty work or work in an alternative job position; amend KRS 342.990 to conform; specify the applicability of substantive changes to claims arising on or after effective date of Act and remedial changes to all claims irrespective of injury date.


AMENDMENTS

     HFA1( A. Koenig ) - Amend KRS 342.700 to require a pro-rata share of legal fees and expense to be reduced from the recovery of damages from a liable third party.
     HFA2( J. York ) - Delete original provisions; amend KRS 342.0011 to define "temporary partial disability"; amend KRS 342.020 to prescribe certain time periods for payment of medical expenses and allow for attorney fees in medical disputes; amend KRS 342.035 to set forth certain exceptions to utilization review; amend KRS 342.040 and KRS 342.990 to conform; amend KRS 342.320 to increase amount of attorney fees; amend KRS 342.730 to increase cap on income benefits, increase statutory factors for certain permanent impairments, and to adjust age at which income benefits terminate.
     HFA3( A. Koenig ) - Amend KRS 342.730 to increase average weekly wage caps; amend other sections to conform.
     HFA4( A. Koenig ) - Amend to indicate that medical beneifts in claims resulting in an award of permanent total disability or resulting in an amputation shall continue for so long as the employee is disabled.

     Feb 10, 2017 - introduced in House
     Feb 14, 2017 - to Economic Development & Workforce Investment (H)
     Feb 15, 2017 - posted in committee
     Feb 16, 2017 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 17, 2017 - 2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 21, 2017 - posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 22, 2017; floor amendments (2) and (3) and (4) filed
     Feb 22, 2017 - 3rd reading; floor amendment (2) defeated; passed 58-40 with floor amendments (1) (3) and (4)
     Feb 23, 2017 - received in Senate
     Feb 24, 2017 - to Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor (S)
     Mar 06, 2017 - taken from Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor (S); 1st reading; returned to Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor (S)
     Mar 07, 2017 - taken from Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor (S); 2nd reading; returned to Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor (S)