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Governor Walker, as part of his budget bill that was released on February 3, 2015, proposed removing the Worker’s Compensation Division from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and moving the functions to the Department of Administration – Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOA) and to the Office of Commissioner of Insurance (OCI). There has been a lot of commotion within the worker’s compensation community regarding what effect, if any, these proposed changes would have on our current system - the day-to-day handling of claims, hearings and settlements.
Many groups have formed on both sides of this issue to lobby their legislators to either pass or shut down these proposed changes. Professional lobbyists have been hired by some groups and many legislators have been flooded with letters and requests for meetings in an attempt to educate them as to how the proposed changes may change the worker’s compensation system, either for the better or the worse. It is rumored that the initial proposal underwent some revisions and is now being considered by the legislators, however nothing has been confirmed to date.
The Governor had stated that he would like the budget bill to be resolved by June 1, 2015, but to date it has not been approved. We continue to monitor this issue closely and will provide an update once a decision has been confirmed as to whether the proposed changes are being passed in whole, in part, or not at all.