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Legislators try to modernize deadlines for medical benefits



Kentucky lawmakers on Monday introduced legislation that would change state compensation for workers so that employers cover the medical benefits of an injured worker during their disability.

H.B. 59 would delete language limiting such payments of medical benefits to 780 weeks to state that “the employer shall pay for the cure and relief from the effects of an injury or occupational disease medical, surgical and hospital treatment, including nursing, medical and surgical supplies and apparatus, which may reasonably be required at the time of the injury and thereafter during disability … or which may be required to cure and treat an occupational disease.

The bill would also strike language that requires the employee to submit an application for continuation of benefits.

In the case of income benefits, the bill retains the language that "the employer's obligation to pay the benefits specified … shall continue as long as the employee is disabled regardless of the duration of the employee's income benefits." Catalog

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