The 2019 Legislative Session is in full swing, having commenced on January 4, 2019 and Colorado’s new governor, Governor Jared Polis was inaugurated on January 8, 2019 along with the newly elected Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, and Secretary of State. The end of this year’s session will be May 3, 2019. There is a very progressive slant to Colorado’s new administration, and many are predicting this will affect the types of bills both introduced and passed this year.
While the Governor will be focusing heavily on his education initiatives (full-day kindergarten) and tax reform agenda, the House and Senate are anticipated to be business as usual.
In fact, several bills have already been introduced that could affect your workers’ compensation claims:
HB19-1105 – Nurse Practitioner Workers’ Compensation (sponsored by Reps. Mullica and Saine in the House and Sens. Marble and Winter in the Senate). This bill would allow certain nurses with prescriptive authority to obtain Level I accreditation under the Workers’ Compensation Act. This bill, if successful, will treat nurse practitioners much like physicians assistants under the Act.
Other bills of interest include: SB19-085 (Equal Pay for Equal Work Act – addressing pay disparities in the workplace), and several bills aimed at the monitoring and regulation of opioid medications, for example SB19-079 (Electronic Prescribing Controlled Substances) and SB 19-001 (Expand Medication-assisted Treatment Pilot Program – aimed at opioid dependent patients)
Updates from the Colorado Division Of Workers’ Compensation
We’ve already heard a lot about the new Division IME Rule (W.C.R.P. 11) that went into effect on January 1, 2019. While the coming months will provide us with some additional information about the nuances and practical of those changes, the rule does provide much needed streamlining in both the organization of medical record submissions and the fee structure. Our firm recently gave a webinar presentation on the changes in Rule 11, so if you have questions or would like access to that presentation, please contact me!
It’s shaping up to be an interesting year at the Capitol, tune in for how it could affect you!
Would you like to know more? Contact Jessica L. Grimes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-259-5693.