House gives initial OK to bill expanding workers comp choices |

House gives initial OK to bill expanding workers comp choices

DENVER – The House tentatively approved a bill Thursday that would require companies to designate two doctors and allow an injured worker to choose which they want to see.It also would allow workers to change doctors if they want a second opinion within the first 90 days.The bill (House Bill 1176) faces a third reading in the House before it goes to the Senate.Rep. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, said 32 states allow workers to pick their own doctors and the rest allow workers to choose from a list.”We’re giving workers who have been injured on the job a say in their own medical treatment. We can save everyone trouble by allowing patients to spend more time getting the treatment they need from the best doctors and less time fighting big insurance in the courts,” Carroll said.Carroll said insurance companies now have complete control over the selection of the doctor for a patient who has been injured at work.

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