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Worker’s Comp Benefit Increase Heard in Committee, Fails on Tie Vote; IOSHA Bill Responding to Worker’s Death Moves in Committee

Senate Bill 358 – Worker’s Compensation Authored by Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage)    Increases benefits for injuries and disablements by 10% each year for three years, beginning on July 1, 2019. Chamber Position: Oppose The Latest: The chairman of the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee, Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville), took a vote on the bill and it failed 5-5. [...]

2019-02-15T14:43:56+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Water Funding on to Full House; Negative Employer Retaliation Bill Dead; Broadband Bill Favorably Amended

House Bill 1406 (Water Infrastructure Funding), authored by Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), cleared the House Ways and Means Committee 22-0 on Thursday and now is ready for the full House. This Chamber priority bill annual appropriates $20 million to the Water Infrastructure Fund from the general fund, beginning next July. The bill also promotes sustainability of water resources and [...]

2019-02-08T12:36:44+00:00February 8th, 2019|

Worker’s Compensation Issue, Plus Possible Amendment Regarding Death on the Job Benefit and a Related IOSHA Fine Increase

House Bill 1182 – Worker’s Compensation Authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) Would clarify who is responsible for worker’s compensation for volunteer firefighters. In cases currently where an employer supports an employee’s time off for volunteer firefighting through continued pay and other coverage, the employer may be considered responsible for any worker’s compensation. Chamber Position: Support The latest: Testimony was [...]

2019-02-05T14:19:32+00:00January 18th, 2019|

A Look at What the New Worker’s Comp Drug Formulary Law Means for Indiana

A Look at What the New Worker’s Comp Drug Formulary Law Means for Indiana Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) is a very extensively used and adopted worker’s compensation medical treatment, return-to-work and drug formulary guideline. ODG is evidenced-based and has impressive data analytics to back up those guidelines. Approximately 100 physicians of all medical specialties active in worker’s comp make [...]

2018-04-27T13:17:24+00:00April 27th, 2018|

Worker’s Compensation Conference Returns May 24 in Downtown Indy

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Worker’s compensation premiums can directly affect the bottom line of any business. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is aiding Hoosier companies in keeping those rates low by hosting the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Conference on May 24. The Indiana Worker’s Compensation Conference will offer strategies for companies learning to handle worker’s compensation claims. Conference topics will include worker’s [...]

2018-04-24T10:03:35+00:00April 24th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber’s 54th Annual Human Resources Conference & Expo May 7-9

(INDIANAPOLIS) — In the face of adversity will you crumble, or will you soar? Shannon Huffman Polson has tackled her fair share of challenging experiences. She chose – quite literally – to soar, becoming one of the first women Apache attack helicopter pilots in the United States Army. As opening keynote speaker of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s 54th [...]

2018-04-11T15:21:16+00:00April 10th, 2018|

Drug Formulary Bill for Worker’s Comp Garners More Opposition, But Still Passes House Committee

Bill and Title: SB 369 – Workers Compensation Drug Formulary Author: Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) Summary: Except during a medical emergency, prohibits workers’ compensation and occupational disease compensation reimbursement for drugs specified in the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary Appendix A published by MCG Health as “N” drugs. Permits a prescribing physician to request to prescribe [...]

2018-02-23T13:25:40+00:00February 23rd, 2018|

Drug Formulary Bill for Worker’s Compensation Goes to Full Senate

Bill and Title: SB 369 – Worker's Compensation Drug Formulary Author: Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) Summary: As introduced, requires the commissioner of insurance to adopt rules for exclusive use, beginning July 1, 2020, of a worker’s compensation drug formulary by worker’s compensation insurers. Specifies application of the formulary for employees who file notice of injury or occupational disease before [...]

2018-02-02T13:08:38+00:00February 2nd, 2018|