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Kentucky lawmakers propose drug formulary, other comp reforms

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Legislation to update Kentucky’s workers compensation system is now in the works one year after a similar measure failed and after more than two decades of little reform.

Rep. Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger) on Monday filed H.B. 2, which aims to amend more than a dozen statutes in the state’s code governing workers comp. The bill is co-sponsored by six Republican lawmakers.

Among the changes are a new drug formulary to tackle opioid overprescribing, increases to weekly wage caps, limitations on reopening claims, limits for filing claims on injuries identified years after exposure, limits on cumulative injuries, the establishment of medical treatment guidelines and standards of care, return to work guidelines and the establishment of timelines for payment of medical claims.

The state has not seen updates to its comp code since 1996, according to state stakeholders. The bill posted to the house’s Economic Development and Workforce Investment committee Tuesday, according to the state’s legislative digest.