workers' compensation


Florida businesses will get a break on their insurance bills starting in January.

The state Office of Insurance Regulation announced late Friday that it has decided to approve an overall 13.8 percent decrease in workers’ compensation insurance rates for 2019. That is a slightly larger cut than a 13.4 percent decrease proposed in August by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, an organization that makes rate proposals for the insurance industry.

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The widow of a construction worker who was struck and killed by a truck should be able to receive workers’ compensation insurance benefits, despite the likelihood that he was intoxicated at the time of the accident, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. 

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More than half of the disputed workers’ insurance compensation bills sent to a panel for review last year were either withdrawn or tossed out because services weren’t authorized. 

Workers’ Comp, Health Care Bills Go To Scott

Mar 14, 2018

Three health care-related bills, including one to expand workers’ compensation insurance benefits for injured first responders, were sent Monday to Gov. Rick Scott. 

Florida lawmakers want first responders to get workers’ compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder. But the House bill would only give them a year to file a claim. 

Groups Warn Against ‘Premature' Workers' Comp Changes

Feb 6, 2018
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After lobbying the Legislature to makes changes to the workers’ compensation insurance system for the past 18 months, business leaders are backing off this year.

Patronis: Attorney Fee Limits ‘Good Debate To Have'

Jan 19, 2018
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The state Legislature should consider restricting how much insurance companies can spend on attorney fees when fighting workers’ compensation claims, state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis told The News Service of Florida on Thursday.

House Eyes Workers' Compensation Fee Cap

Jan 12, 2018
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Fees for attorneys who represent claimants in workers’ compensation insurance cases would be capped at $150 an hour under a bill the Florida House considered Thursday.

Workers' Compensation Rate Cut Under Consideration

Oct 19, 2017
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Fewer workers are filing workers' compensation claims, helping lower the costs Florida employers will pay for insurance next year.

Decision On Workers’ Comp Rate Could Come Soon

Sep 21, 2016
Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

State regulators may be close to deciding on a proposed 19.6 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates.

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.

Florida regulators are approving a drop in workers' compensation insurance rates.

Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty this past week announced that he was approving a rate drop for insurers that provide coverage for on-the-job injuries.

Rates will drop overall by 5.2 percent. The rate change will take effect on Jan. 1.

This marks the first time that workers' compensation insurance rates have dropped in the last four years.

Florida’s Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of the way attorneys in workers-compensation cases are paid, the News Service of Florida reports. Attorneys who represented a South Florida man injured in 2009 told justices that the rules governing attorney fees are “crazy” and translate to less than $2 an hour for their work, the News Service reports.

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.  

Concerns about privacy are behind an amendment that drastically weakened a ban on texting while driving -- which passed Wednesday in the House -- and swirled around a bill on medical malpractice, still pending in the House. 

Workers' compensation consultant Joe Paduda, who has been attending the Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, said it's too bad there aren't more comp executives and actuaries there. He writes on his website Managed Care Matters that they need to wake up to the toll that prescription painkillers are taking.