No One Shows at State’s Workers’ Compensation Public Hearing

Lack of participation signals no issues with program

November 20, 2018

On November 12, the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council held a statewide hearing to solicit public comment on desired changes to the program. The Council convened for three hours and established video links to seven sites across the state, but no one showed to give public comment at the hearing. 

WorkCompCentral reported that Pati Brown, Administrator at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) said, ‘ “I guess there are no issues out there, or we would have heard from someone at the hearing.” ’
 
In July, DWD announced that Wisconsin employers would experience a 6.03% reduction in workers compensation premium rates. These rates took effect October 1, 2018. According to DWD, rate reductions in 2017 and 2018 have amounted to $304 million in savings to Wisconsin employers.
 
WHA will continue to advocate for the current program structure in the upcoming legislative session and will encourage the Legislature to reject the previously proposed medical fee schedule.
 

This story originally appeared in the November 20, 2018 edition of WHA Newsletter