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Information Regarding Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Proposal

Posted Charles E. Schmidt, Jr. on May 15, 2012 in Construction Accidents

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce is aggressively lobbying the Pennsylvania legislature for legislation to severely limit your rights under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.   The Chamber is proposing legislation, which will soon be introduced, that will substantially impair the rights of injured workers and will interfere with the injured worker doctor-patient relationship. 

Some examples of this proposed legislation include:
1. Mandatory drug testing at set intervals when Schedule II narcotics are prescribed. 2. Allow employers to specify the use of one or more prescription benefit managers to provide all of your prescription drugs. 3. Prohibit physician offices from dispensing more than first fill of any drug.  This means you do not get to choose where your prescriptions are being filled.  This allows the insurance company to have more control over your prescription medications. 4. Allow an independent doctor to decide if your medical treatment is related to your work injury instead of allowing a Judge to hear the testimony and consider all of the evidence. 5. Extend the required time you have to treat with a panel physician instead of your own physician from 90 days to 180 days.  This means that you do not get to treat with a doctor you choose until 180 days after your accident. Contact your local legislator and ask that he/she oppose the Pennsylvania Chamber’s proposal to overhaul the Workers’ Compensation Act!

If you have any questions, contact the Schmidt Kramer Workers’ Compensation attorneys Melissa Leininger today.


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