Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced the Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreement Act (H.R. 1982) into the House of Representatives May 15, 2013.
The bill establishes clear and consistent standards for the administrative process which provides for reasonable protection of the injured worker and Medicare. Supporters indicate that it will benefit injured workers, employers and insurers by creating certainty as well as allowing the settlement process to move forward without the delays that parties are currently presented with.
The legislation is supported by the American Insurance Association, the American Bar Association, the National Council of Self-Insurers, Property Casualty, Insurers Association of America, UWC- Strategic Services and the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG).
The bill will likely be referred to the Ways & Means Committee for consideration.
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The article was written by Joshua G. Holden, Esq. a Member of Fish Nelson, LLC, a law firm dedicated to representing employers, self-insured employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation and related liability matters. Mr. Holden is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive. He is Chair of the ABA/ TIPS Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Committee. He is also on the board of the Alabama Workers Compensation Organization and a member of numerous other associations and organizations. Holden has been selected as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.
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