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Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council Reaches Agreement

November 14, 2019

On Nov. 12, the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) announced an agreed-to worker’s compensation package. The final package does not include the concerning proposal to change the worker’s compensation fee dispute resolution process. The Council has been working to finalize a package since first exchanging proposals in May.

The previously-proposed change to the worker’s compensation reimbursement system would have moved from the current practice of comparing charges for worker’s compensation services to a system that would compare worker’s compensation services to general negotiated rates. WHA co-authored a joint letter from the coalition of Health Care Liaisons to the WCAC to highlight this and other concerns at the May 30 WCAC meeting.

The final package includes:
  • Moving Administrative Law Judges from the Department of Administration to the Department of Workforce Development (DWD).
  • Expanded flexibility for worker’s compensation claims involving posttraumatic stress disorder for law enforcement and fire fighters.
  • Professional Employer Organization (PEO) reform to allow employers to enter into leased employee arrangements with a PEO while maintaining separate worker’s compensation coverage in the voluntary market.
  • Clarifications requested by the Wisconsin Alliance of Insurers focused on worker’s compensation death benefits and the release of worker’s compensation billing statements.
  • Technical changes requested by DWD.
Additional details will be shared in a future edition of The Valued Voice.

The WCAC plans to review a bill draft of the proposal at the next meeting, Dec. 10. For more information about the WCAC, contact WHA Vice President of Public Policy Lisa Ellinger.

This story originally appeared in the November 14, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter