Bill No.: HB0054 Drafter: JWL

 

LSO No.: 09LSO-0093 Effective Date: 7/1/2009

 

Enrolled Act No.: HEA0092

 

Chapter No.: 156

 

Prime Sponsor: Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee

 

Catch Title: Workers' compensation amendments.

 

Subject: Worker's Compensation Act - miscellaneous amendments

 

Summary/Major Elements: This act:

         Provides that the state fund shall contribute pro rata to attorney fees and costs incurred in producing the fund's subrogation recovery;

         Authorizes elective coverage for corporate officers, limited liability company members, partners and sole proprietors;

         Revises criteria for employer premium credits;

         Increases dependent children's, death, permanent impairment and temporary total disability benefits;

         Provides a cost of living increase for permanent total benefits;

         Extends the maximum period of vocational rehabilitation benefits;

         Extends the age limit for dependent children's benefits while still in post-secondary education;

         Imposes a time limit on the recovery of overpayments by the worker's compensation division;

         Allows for redetermination of claims decisions when an appeal deadline was missed because of an attorney's negligence;

         Authorizes an additional position in the Office of Administrative Hearings.

 

Comments:

 

Amends major program-the Wyoming Worker's Compensation Act.

Appropriates $82,500 from the worker's compensation account and $67,500 from the highway fund to Office of Administrative Hrgs.