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New worker’s comp. bill to reduce cost for businesses

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a worker’s compensation reform bill Monday.

House and senate leaders said Senate Bill 1062 reduces costs for businesses and moves the state from a court-based worker’s comp system to an administrative system.

Supporters said the move allows for a timelier processing of claims and reduces the adversarial nature of the process for both workers and employers.

However, opponents disagree.

They fear the measure gives employers an opportunity to deny worker’s comp claims and allows employers to create their own benefit system.

They also worry about a denial of medical care should the worker miss two doctor’s appointments.

MORE: Fact sheet on Worker’s Compensation Bill