JUNEAU - A bill establishing a new procedure for setting rates for medical reimbursements on workers' compensation claims, House Bill 314, was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee Feb. 25 and is now in the House Finance Committee.
Meanwhile, a related bill, House Bill 346, establishing a new workers' compensation advisory council, moved from the House Labor of Commerce Committee Feb. 26 and is also now in the House Finance Committee.
Medical fees for workers' compensation claims are approved by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, but have been frozen at a fee schedule set several years ago, although the schedule is adjusted for inflation. House Bill 314, sponsored by the House Labor and Commerce Committee, establishes a new procedure for setting approved reimbursement rates.
The current fee schedule was extended by the Legislature last year, but expires Dec. 31.