workers' comp

Overhauling Workers' Comp A Heavy Lift

Apr 5, 2017

Lawmakers are trying to overhaul Florida’s beleaguered workers’ compensation system, but unions, legal experts and employer groups aren’t happy.

Senate Panel Backs Worker’s Comp Changes

Apr 4, 2017

With the proposal drawing opposition from business, insurance and labor groups, a Senate committee Monday approved a bill that would revamp parts of the workers' compensation insurance system.

Senate Panel To Consider Workers’ Comp Bill

Mar 30, 2017
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As the legislative session nears the halfway point, a Senate committee Monday is slated to take up a bill that would revamp workers' compensation insurance laws.

Workers’ Comp Bill Passes First Test In House

Mar 15, 2017

After a fierce debate about attorney fees, a House panel Tuesday moved forward with a proposal that would make key changes in the workers' compensation insurance system.

House lawmakers got an earful this week on proposed workers' compensation measures. Business groups and health care advocates complain the draft legislation doesn’t do enough to address attorney fees, premium costs, physician fees and patient choice.

Appeals Court Poised To Hear Workers’ Comp Case

Feb 9, 2017
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As lawmakers ponder changes to the workers' compensation insurance system, the 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments Feb. 22 about whether Florida's Sunshine Law was violated before regulators approved a 14.5 percent rate increase in September.

Judiciary Committee To Consider Death Penalty, Workers’ Comp

Jan 4, 2017

Preparing for the annual legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee next week will start weighing two high-profile issues: the death penalty and workers' compensation insurance.

Democratic Senator Bill Montford of Tallahassee is warning fellow lawmakers that a dramatic spike in workers’ compensation rates isn’t just a business problem.

Senators Begin Considering Workers’ Comp Issues

Dec 14, 2016

The battle lines are being drawn. Or maybe they never went away.

Senate leaders are promising to take a comprehensive approach to overhauling Florida’s workers’ compensation system as business groups rail against a pending 14.5 percent rate hike.

Workers’ Comp Rate Hike Continues Despite Legal Squabbles

Dec 13, 2016
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A state appeals court Monday said an increase in workers' compensation insurance rates will continue amid a legal battle about whether Florida's Sunshine Law was violated during the rate-making process.

Florida businesses are up in arms about a hefty workers compensation rate hike, and now lawmakers are worried about the fallout for school districts.

In the workers comp system, employees agree not to sue when they get hurt and their bosses agree to pay medical bills and lost wages. German Chancellor Otto von Bismark thought it would humanize the industrial revolution.

Insurance Regulators Appeal Workers’ Comp Ruling

Nov 30, 2016
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The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said Tuesday it is appealing a circuit judge's ruling that would block a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates.

Just when they thought they had dodged a bullet, it looks like Florida businesses will be hit with a major increase in workers compensation rates after all.

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Police union officials want Florida lawmakers to extend workers' compensation to first responders with Zika.

Workers’ Comp Rates Set To Rise Starting Dec. 1

Oct 5, 2016
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Workers' compensation insurance rates will jump 14.5 percent starting Dec. 1, after a filing Tuesday that carried out a decision by state regulators.

Republican Leaders Expect Action on Workers’ Comp

Sep 30, 2016
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With Florida businesses facing a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates, state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and a key Republican senator said they expect lawmakers to take action during the 2017 legislative session.

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  Gerry Realin spent four hours with the dead inside of Pulse Night Club.

He remembers the blood. The smell. The scene was so bad, the eight-member Hazmat team wouldn’t let any other officers help them remove the bodies. That way fewer people had to witness what they saw.

Jacksonville business leaders aired concerns at a town hall meeting with lawmakers Wednesday about a proposed workers' compensation insurance hike.


Billy Doyle Walker loved working in the sky. He used to say he could see forever, perched high up communications towers as he applied fresh paint.

Three years ago, working halfway up a 300-foot steel tower at the LBJ Ranch, the panoramic view included the rolling green hills and meadows of the Texas Hill Country. The tower was used by former President Lyndon B. Johnson to communicate with the White House.

The long-standing fight over how much doctors can mark up drugs for workers' compensation patients comes down to one thing now: Gov. Rick Scott's signature. 

The bill  limits the amount doctors can charge for drugs dispensed in their office to 12.5 percent over the average wholesale price. It increases the amount doctors get paid for giving patients the drug from $4 to $8.

It passed unanimously in the House Wednesday morning and has been sent to the governor's desk.  

The Florida Senate has passed a bill that limits doctors on how much they can charge for repackaged drugs for workers' compensation patients.

The bill, passed this afternoon by a vote of 39 to 0, caps the amount doctors can charge for the drugs to 12.5 percent over the average wholesale price. It  increases the amount doctors get paid for giving patients the drug from $4 to $8.

It is identical to the bill passed this morning by the House Health and Human Services Committee. 

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