Senate will vote next week on governor's work comp bill

The state Senate will vote next week on a bill to overhaul Tennessee's workers' compensation system. The legislation was approved today by the Senate Finance Committee 9-to-0 with one member abstaining. It is slightly different from the version passed by the House yesterday, but the administration approves of the changes. The legislation would require the state to implement a medical fee schedule for doctors who handle workers' comp cases, in hopes of lowering costs. It also includes a prompt pay requirement to ensure injured workers get their benefits more quickly. And it requires workers and employers to enter into mandatory mediation before a lawsuit can be filed. The Bredesen administration hopes the bill will make the insurance more affordable for businesses.

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