The 2017-2018 Legislative session is officially underway.
Work Comp Reform
On January 31, 2017 in the House Commerce Committee there was a hearing on HB 2059. HB 2059 would change the workers compensation impairment guidelines from the 6th edition of the American Medical Associations guides back to the 4th edition of the American Medical Association guides. In 2013 Governor Brownback signed into law SB 187. SB 187 modified several sections of the Kansas Workers Compensation Act, and moved the workers compensation impairment guidelines form the 4th edition of the American Medical Association guides (which have been used since 1996) to the 6th edition of the American Medical Association guides. When SB 187 was pushed through the Legislature in 2013, proponents passed it on the terms that it was merely a “scientific update” to the American Medical Associations standards, and that it will benefit workers and businesses alike. Instead what we have seen is that the use of the 6th edition of the American Medical Association guides does not reflect the extent of employees injuries and has had drastic negative affects for Kansas workers.