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    Default Labor Committee Testify Feb. 26, 2009 WC Day

    The Workers Compensation topics will be open for public hearing on February 26, 2009 Thursday. An IW has cosponsored No. 5249 TIMELY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR INJURED WORKERS and she will be there testifying. Last year we had three IW's testifying. With HR 635 in the works, this is our year to speak up.

    Location is the Legislative Office Building (LOB) Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT next to the Armory -Broad St. and across from State Capitol. The Time and Room # have not yet been assigned. Here are the bills I could find:

    WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND REHABILITATIVE THERAPY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE WITNESSED A COLLEAGUE'S DEATH.
    http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/TOB/S/200...026-R00-SB.htm

    WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE.To improve access to health care for people who have pending cases with the Workers' Compensation Commission.
    http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/TOB/S/200...363-R00-SB.htm

    WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY OPERATOR CERTIFICATION. To create a retroactive exception in the wastewater operator certification for workers receiving workers' compensation during the certification training.
    http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/TOB/H/200...026-R00-HB.htm

    No. 5249 TIMELY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR INJURED WORKERS. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/TOB/H/200...249-R00-HB.htm

    TIMELY NOTICE OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES. To provide the Department of Administrative Services timely notice of workers' compensation claims against the state and allowing for the state to contest claims when necessary.
    http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillsta...hich_year=2009

    No. 6192 WORKERS' COMPENSATION PRESUMPTIONS FOR METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION.
    http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillsta...hich_year=2009

    No. 6194 ADDITIONAL WORKERS' COMPENSATION PRESUMPTIONS FOR FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS AND EMERGENCY RESCUE WORKERS.
    http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillsta...hich_year=2009

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    H.B. 5249 AN ACT CONCERNING TIMELY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR INJURED WORKERS.

    To create penalties for an employer's delay of necessary medical treatment for injured workers.
    Section 1. Section 31-294d of the general statutes [Proposed Changes]
    f) If an employer has good cause to believe that proposed treatment recommended by (1) a medical provider participating in an employer medical care plan approved pursuant to the provisions of section 31-279; (2) a physician identified in an approved voluntary agreement pursuant to section 31-296; or (3) a provider to whom the employee has been referred by such physician or medical provider for treatment, is unreasonable or unnecessary, the employer shall promptly issue a written notice to the employee and employee's representative, if any, indicating the medical evidence upon which it relies for concluding that the proposed treatment is either unnecessary or unreasonable. If the employer wishes to support its denial of such treatment by a medical examination pursuant to section 31-294f, as amended by this act, the employer shall, not later than thirty days after the receipt of the recommendation of the proposed treatment from such medical provider or physician, schedule its medical examination as authorized in subsection (a) of section 31-294f, as amended by this act.
    (g) Whenever an examination requested by the employer pursuant to subsection (a) of section 31-294f, as amended by this act, results in concurrence that the proposed treatment recommended by a medical provider or physician described in subdivisions (1) to (3), inclusive, of subsection (f) of this section was reasonable and necessary, the employer shall pay the employee, for the period of the employee's treatment was delayed by the employer, provided the employee is otherwise eligible for benefits for total or partial incapacity: (1) For total incapacity, one hundred per cent of the employee's average weekly earnings, calculated pursuant to section 31-310, subject to the reductions to such earnings specified in subsection (a) of section 31-307; or (2) for partial incapacity, one hundred per cent of the difference in wages described in subsection (a) of section 31-308, subject to the reductions to such wages specified in said subsection. If an employer fails to schedule a medical examination pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) of section 31-294f, as amended by this act, on or before the date thirty days after the date of such employer's receipt of a recommendation for treatment, the employee, in any proceeding resulting in authorization of such treatment, shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney's fees arising out of the employee's claim for the recommended treatment.
    At any examination requested by the employer or directed by the commissioner under this section, the injured employee shall be allowed to have in attendance any reputable practicing physician or surgeon that the employee obtains and pays for himself or to record such examination by way of any medium which creates an audio or video recording.
    Sec. 3. Subsection (b) of section 31-288 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2009):
    (b) (1) Whenever through the fault or neglect of an employer or insurer, the adjustment or payment of compensation due under this chapter or the provision of reasonable and necessary medical treatment is unduly delayed, such employer or insurer may be assessed by the commissioner hearing the claim a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars for each such case of delay, to be paid to the claimant. For purposes of this subsection, the failure to promptly provide medical services recommended by (A) a medical provider participating in an employer medical care plan approved pursuant to the provisions of section 31-279; (B) a physician identified in an approved voluntary agreement pursuant to section 31-296; or (C) a provider to whom the employee has been referred by such medical provider or physician for recommended treatment, shall be presumed to be the unreasonable delay of treatment without good cause unless the commissioner finds the recommended medical care was neither reasonable or necessary at the time such care was recommended.
    Statement of Purpose:
    To create penalties for an employer's delay of necessary medical treatment for injured workers.
    [Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]
    Co-Sponsors: REP. LARSON, 11th Dist.
    H.B. 5249

    Sorry, the underlining did not format here to show the proposed amendments to the current statute. Here is the State CT link for HB 5249
    http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/TOB/H/200...249-R01-HB.htm

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    Default Re: Labor Committee Testify Feb. 26, 2009 WC Day

    The Labor Committee Public hearing on 2009 Workers Compensation topics will be in Room 1E on the Ground floor Lobby area at 3pm. Of the Legislative Office Building on Capitol Ave. Sign up is 1pm 3rd floor Senator Pragues office.

    The agenda for the hearing is posted below. What I do is choose topic to enter the discussion and then work in my supporting/non-supporting opinion followed by how shabbily I have been abused by CT WC.

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    Default Re: Labor Committee Testify Feb. 26, 2009 WC Day

    Labor and Public Employees Committee

    PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA

    Thursday, February 26, 2009

    3:00 PM in Room 1E of the LOB

    Subject Matter: Workers' Compensation and Miscellaneous Bills

    I. BILLS TO BE HEARD

    1. S.B. No. 363 (COMM) Labor and Public Employees. AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE.

    2. S.B. No. 712 (RAISED) Labor and Public Employees. AN ACT CONCERNING TIMELY NOTICE OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES.

    3. S.B. No. 979 (RAISED) Labor and Public Employees. AN ACT CONCERNING INTEREST PENALTIES ON LATE PAYMENT OF ASSESSMENTS TO THE SECOND INJURY FUND.

    4. H.B. No. 5249 (COMM) Labor and Public Employees. AN ACT CONCERNING TIMELY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR INJURED WORKERS.

    5. H.B. No. 5519 (COMM) Labor and Public Employees. AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION PREMIUMS AND VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE COMPANIES.

    6. H.B. No. 6192 (RAISED) Labor and Public Employees. AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION PRESUMPTIONS FOR METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION.

    7. H.B. No. 6194 (RAISED) Labor and Public Employees. AN ACT CONCERNING ADDITIONAL WORKERS' COMPENSATION PRESUMPTIONS FOR FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS AND EMERGENCY RESCUE WORKERS.

    8. H.B. No. 6332 (COMM) Labor and Public Employees. AN ACT CONCERNING HOME HEALTH CARE AIDES AS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS.

    9. H.B. No. 6461 (RAISED) Labor and Public Employees. AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY OPERATOR CERTIFICATION.

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    Default Re: Labor Committee Testify Feb. 26, 2009 WC Day

    Mr. Picket,

    Good luck, I hope you get all your points across. I wish I was closer, I know a few of us would load up in the car and be there to support you. I think we need a "Mr. Picket" in every state. Keep up the good work, and please keep us posted.

    Injured Gypsy
    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world...indeed...its the only thing that ever has - Author Margaret Mead

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    Default Re: Labor Committee Testify Feb. 26, 2009 WC Day

    Mr Picket,

    Can anyone in the usa send letters to be considered in this bill that is going through in ct?

    If so do you know how? There is a ton of people whom would like to chime in on this one.

    Nipper

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    Default Re: Labor Committee Testify Feb. 26, 2009 WC Day

    Labor and Public Employees Committee
    Room 3800, Legislative Office Building
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Phone: 860-240-0540

    Anyone can contact the Labor Committee and I know for a fact each letter is read, documented and probably filed for awhile. The committee members will have notice of your comments, it is not a black hole. But you can't wait as this bill is moving fast.

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