NWCDN Members regularly post articles and summary judgements in workers’ compensations law in your state.
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November 14th was the
first day of bill prefiling for Texas’ upcoming 88th Legislative Session. 921
bills and resolutions were filed that day, including a couple that are of
particular interest to workers’ compensation participants.
Benefits for the National Guard
On April 25, 2022, Texas National Guardsman Bishop E. Evans died on duty while attempting to save lives but because he was serving in a State Active Duty status as opposed to federal order, his family was not guaranteed any surviving financial assistance. Texas legislators thus introduced HB 90 and SB 155 to improve workers’ compensation and death benefits for Texas Military Forces while serving in a State Active Duty status. Among other things, the proposed bills would authorize a $500,000 death benefit lump sum payment for surviving families, apply accelerated dispute resolution procedures to guardsmen claiming workplace injuries, and include PTSD coverage similar to that given to first responders.
Pending legislation also has been proposed to allow Texas companies to offer their employees a bundled workers’ compensation plan with group health coverage. HB 351 authorizes a workers’ compensation insurance company to contract with an accident and health insurance company to offer a packaged plan that would provide for medical benefits under the group health plan and other benefits to be paid exclusively through the workers’ compensation policy. The packaged plan would not permit cost-sharing requirements for workers’ compensation medical benefits nor for employee contributions to the premiums paid for the group health coverage allocated to workers’ compensation medical benefits.
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