AK House Majority
The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010  
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 314

Workers' Compensation

Passed House!
Sponsored by the House Labor & Commerce Committee
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Rep. Kurt Olson R-30
Ak Legislative Majority

Rep. Kurt Olson (R-30)
Chair, (H) L&C Com.
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An Act relating to fees and charges for medical treatment or services, civil damages, and penalties as they relate to workers' compensation; and providing for an effective date.

Posted: January 29, 2010
Bill Version: CSHB 314(FIN)
Status: (S) FIN : 2010-04-09

At the time of passage in 2005 of the revisions to the workers' compensation system, it was contemplated that the interested stakeholders, including the Workers' Compensation Legislative Task Force and the Medical Services Review Committee, would propose legislation acceptable to the various stakeholders before August 1, 2007. This proposal was to replace the repealed Usual, Customary and Reasonable (UCR) methodology for setting maximum fees for medical treatment and services under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act. A replacement was not proposed and the repeal would have resulted in fees for medical treatment and services in workers' compensation matters going uncapped until such time as the law was changed to remedy the situation.

There have been two previous extensions to the workers' compensation schedule of fees for medical treatment and services in place since 2004 with adjustments made based on the Medical Component of the Consumer Price Index. The existing extension will expire on December 31, 2010. HB 314 proposes a full fee schedule again be established which would include the procedure codes that have been developed since the 2004 schedule was adopted as well as category II codes. The fee schedule would be constructed on the same basis as prior schedules using usual, customary and reasonable fees.

The bill also clarifies that false application for benefits under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act is a crime of unsworn falsification in the first degree and is a Class C felony.

I urge your support of this bill.

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