On Monday, Colorado lawmakers passed legislation that would change restrictions on levels of impairment in workers' compensation and conditions for requesting an independent physician.
H.B. 1050, which was approved by a vote of 49-14, would change the degree of disability of whole persons for injured workers from 25% to 19% in order to determine the maximum amount for combined temporary disability and permanent partial disability that an injured worker can receive.
The legislation would also change the conditions that an employer or insurer must meet in order to request an independent doctor and clarify the scope of jurisdiction of judges in the administrative court and the decisions that are subject to review or appeal. It would also prohibit an employer or insurer from withdrawing recognition of liability when two or more years have elapsed since the date of issue of the compensatory capacity, except in cases of fraud.
The bill also clarifies that a shift to invalidity benefits under the Federal Amendment Act on old-age, survivors' and disability insurance only applies if the payments have not already been received.
The legislation has been moved to the Senate and assigned to the Committee on Business, Labor and Technology.