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Three bills that would change minor parts of the laws governing workers compensation in Virginia are headed for Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk after passing the Senate on Thursday.
H.B. 558, sponsored by Del. Gregory Habeeb, R-Salem, passed unanimously and would address maximum fees for out-of-state medical providers. The bill “clarifies that the ‘medical community,’ when referring to providers of medical services rendered under the Virginia Workers Compensation Act outside of the Commonwealth, shall be determined by the zip code of the principal place of business of the employer if located in the Commonwealth,” according to a draft.
H.B. 117, sponsored by Delegate Terry Gilgore, R-Gate City, passed unanimously and would allow the state’s Workers Compensation Commission to temporarily fill vacancies with appointees to meet a quorum.
H.B. 531, also sponsored by Del. Habeeb, passed the Senate 38-2 and would address proof of coverage issues for employers and their insurers.
A bill that would cover cancer and other illnesses under presumption for former workers of the decommissioned Hanford nuclear site in Hanford, Washington, was revived by the Washington state House Rules Committee on Tuesday.