Bill to Reform Workers Comp Reaches Approval

The last stamp of approval on a bill focused on reforming Montana's workers compensation system was given by the state's House of Representatives.
According to, legislators brought a pair of competing bills this session. State Sen. Ryan Zinke offered the first bill designed to save money by trimming provider rates. State Rep. Scott Reichner is leading a second bill designed to save money by slashing benefits to injured workers. (WCxKit)
Zinke's bill died in committee while the House passed Reichner's bill.
Reichner said dropping rates to 20% in 2011 would cause Montana to be ranked 45th in the nation in workers comp rates – not a viable solution.
It's expected further work will be needed including input from the Governor before the bill passes a third reading prior to moving to the Senate. (WCxKit)
Rep. Chuck Hunter said the bill is not “balanced and isn't fair,” and he hoped for an opportunity to correct this deficit.

Author Robert Elliott
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