For Immediate Release
June 25, 2018
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding House passage of H.B. 1840 – legislation that would provide a fix to a financially devastating state Supreme Court decision related to the state’s workers’ compensation system. As background, last year, in the Protz v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board case, the Court threw out the Impairment Rating Evaluation process, which for more than 20 years had been a fair and effective way for state-designated physicians to determine a patient’s level of impairment. As a result of the ruling, the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau took the unprecedented action of filing for a mid-year loss cost increase which is increasing employer workers’ comp insurance costs by hundreds of millions of dollars.
“We commend the House for taking this important step toward addressing the Court’s concerns and reinstating the IRE process that brought structure, fairness and cost-containment to the workers’ compensation system. We particularly thank House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman and House Bill 1840 sponsor Rob Kauffman, who described on the House floor his work with Governor Wolf in developing a compromise that can be signed into law. We are grateful for their cooperation and will continue advocating for this legislation’s enactment so that employers can be saved from future excessive workers’ comp costs related to this court decision.”
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