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
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