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May 6, 2013

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board was held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics

  1. Opening Remarks
  2. Introduction of Governor Malloy’s Nominee Ross Hollander
  3. Chairman Mastropietro’s Update
  4. Approval of Minutes
  5. New Business
  6. Adjournment

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory Board was held on May 6, 2013 in the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s CRB Hearing Room, 21 Oak Street, Hartford, Connecticut.

The meeting convened at 10:05 a.m. with the following Board Members present: Chairman Gardner Wright, John Adamson, Rocco Calo, and Ross Hollander. Chairman John Mastropietro, Marvin Smernoff and Michael Petosa of the Workers’ Compensation Commission were also in attendance.

  1. Opening Remarks
    1. Chairman Gardner Wright welcomed the group and announced that Rocco Calo, Theodore Duarte, and Daniel Krause have received unanimous approval by the 2013 Legislature for new four-year terms. Ross Hollander also received unanimous approval as an interim appointment filling the vacancy left by Linda Passanisi.
  2. Chairman Mastropietro’s Update
    1. Legislation
    2. Chairman Mastropietro reviewed bills affecting workers’ compensation currently pending before the 2013 Legislature:
      1. Senate Bill No. 823 - An Act Concerning Severe Mental or Emotional Impairment and Workers’ Compensation Coverage would amend § 31-275(16)(B) to provide workers’ compensation coverage to employees who are diagnosed with work-related mental injuries resulting directly from witnessing the death or maiming, or the immediate aftermath of such death or maiming, of one or more human beings.
      2. Senate Bill No. 907 - An Act Concerning Additional Requirements for an Employer’s Notice to Dispute Certain Care Deemed Reasonable for an Employee Under the Workers’ Compensation Act would establish a Form 36-type procedure to discontinue, reduce, or terminate medical treatment within certain time requirements.
      3. Senate Bill No. 925 - An Act Concerning Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Firefighters and Police Officers would amend § 31-294i to include cardiac events that occur within twenty-four (24) hours after completion of training or duty.
      4. Senate Bill No. 1074 - An Act Concerning Workers’ Compensation and Liability for Hospital Services would establish a system for payment of hospital bills for services rendered under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
      5. House Bill No. 6350 - An Act Concerning the Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2015 - In addition to maintaining the Commission’s budgetary request for FYs 2014/2015, the Appropriations Committee revised the Governor’s budget bill by adding $3 Million in additional funding in the upcoming two-year budget for future technology upgrades to the WCS System, videoconferencing, and electronic filing of claims and forms. In addition, at this time, the Middletown District Office continues to be slated for closure.
      6. House Bill No. 6432 - An Act Concerning Homemaker Services and Homemaker Companion Services would require homemaker-companion agencies, registries, and homemaker-home health aide agencies to provide workers’ compensation insurance for the individuals they provide to consumers, regardless of how many hours the person works.
      7. House Bills No. 5906, 6389, and 6406 would provide for the monitoring and increased reporting of the distribution, dispensing, prescribing and administering of controlled substances to patients. HB 6406 requires out-of-state dispensers to conform.
      8. 100th Anniversary Symposium:
      9. Chairman Mastropietro discussed the 100th Anniversary of the Workers’ Compensation Commission and the upcoming Symposium which will be held on October 3, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell, CT. All monies will be donated to the Disabled Workers’ Scholarship Fund.
  3. Topics for Future Meetings
    1. Chairman Wright asked the group to make suggestions on topics they would like presented at future meetings.
  4. Approval of Minutes
    1. The minutes were approved via electronic vote on May 3, 2013. The motion was made by Theodore Duarte and seconded by Daniel Krause to approve the Board’s minutes for meetings held on April 8, 2013. The Motion passed unanimously.
  5. Adjournment
    1. A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by John Adamson and seconded by Ross Hollander. The Motion passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m.
  6. Next Meeting
    1. The next regular meeting will be held on June 10, 2013.

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