Interim Medical Coverage- Getting injured workers back to work
One of my greatest achievements this session was the passage of HB 4104. There has long been a problem for workers receiving the medical treatment they deserve while waiting for a workers compensation claim determination. In some cases workers have lost their health insurance while waiting for workers comp to make a compensability decision, and when the workers comp claim is denied, they receive no treatment because of the loss of health plan coverage. Under HB 4104 when a worker has coverage under a health plan and is waiting for a workers comp determination, treatment under the health plan can be pre-authorized and expedited. The workers will promptly get the treatment they need, and hopefully get back to work quicker, while the insurance companies determine who has the liability to pay, recognizing the worker has coverage and should be able to get treatment.