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Florida’s most powerful business groups want lawmakers to go back to the drawing board after an appellate court upheld a 14.5 percent hike in workers’ compensation insurance.

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The Legislature is leaving town without addressing a dramatic spike in workers’ compensation premiums, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran is blaming Senate Republicans.

Chances appear slim lawmakers will pass a comprehensive workers’ compensation bill this year, but at least one reform is already headed to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.

Employer groups are threatening to bolt and trial lawyers are in open revolt as lawmakers spend the final days of the 2017 session haggling over workers’ compensation reforms.

Overhauling Workers' Comp A Heavy Lift

Apr 4, 2017

Lawmakers are trying to overhaul Florida’s beleaguered workers’ compensation system, but unions, legal experts and employer groups aren’t happy.

Florida lawmakers have already filed more than 300 bills for the legislative session beginning March 7 -- but some highly anticipated legislation has yet to appear.

About of third of Florida businesses are learning how much more they will have to pay for workers’ compensation insurance, and industry groups hope the sticker shock spurs lawmakers to act.

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Florida’s small businesses should see their workers’ compensation rates drop at the beginning of next year. State Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty has ordered an average premium reduction of 5.2 percent. That’s a deeper cut than the 2.5 percent insurers originally requested.

Taylor Gibson manages the Tallahassee branch of Two Men and a Truck moving company. He says the cuts will take a burden off businesses.

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The Florida Supreme Court heard a case Thursday questioning current limits on workers compensation.  At issue is a ruling at the District Court level addressing a potential gap between temporary and permanent disability coverage.

Bradley Westphal was a firefighter in St. Petersburg, and he injured his back while fighting a fire in 2009.  The injury left Westphal in a category known as "temporary total disability."  This means he was unable to work for the moment, but his doctors expected him to be able to work again at some point.

After three years of increases in Florida’s workers' compensation insurance rates, state regulators are recommending legislative action to bring costs back down. The Office of Insurance Regulation addressed its concerns in a report it released on Wednesday. 

On Jan. 1, the state saw a 6.1-percent workers' comp rate increase go into effect. It’s the third year in a row regulators have approved an increase, following several years of decreases.

The workers-compensation insurance rate that Florida businesses pay could be going up, starting in January. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation held a hearing on Thursday to consider the proposed rate increase.The hike would raise the average policy premium by a little more than 6 percent.

After workers-compensation reform had driven rates lower in Florida for years, they started going up in the past three years.

Lori Lovgren, who’s with the rating agency that’s recommending the increase, says that’s because cost-saving measures have become ineffective.

After several years of steady decreases, Florida businesses have seen recent hikes in their workers’ compensation payments.  Tom Flanigan reports a house committee was trying to reverse that trend Thursday.

Capital Report: 02-09-2012

Feb 9, 2012

The Florida House Thursday passed a $69.2 billion proposed budget. It cuts payments to hospitals, directs more money to classrooms and increases tuition rates for college students. The House is ahead of the Senate in crafting a state spending plan for next year.  Senate budget subcommittees are still finalizing their recommendations. And James Call tells us, leading lawmakers predict there will be a robust discussion of certain items when the budget proposal makes it to the Senate floor.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would limit the price doctors can charge workers compensation patients for re-packaged medicine. Regan McCarthy reports the bill passed both chambers once before only to be vetoed by then Governor Charlie Crist in 2010.