Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin in late May signed a bill overhauling the state’s workers’ compensation system.
The 200-page measure – Senate Bill 878 – had bi-partisan support and emerged just three days before the end of the regular legislative session.
The bill rewrites the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Act and includes more than 80 sections of new law, the Associated Press reported.
Among the key provisions of the bill are adoption of a nationally recognized set of treatment guidelines for work-related injuries and a requirement that the fee schedule for medical reimbursement rates be reduced by 5 percent.
The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) noted that measure also retains the Workers Compensation Court and administrator and increases the number of judges to 10.
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