State To Look At Workers Comp

Cheyenne, Wy – A legislative interim committee is set to
study Wyoming's workers' compensation program, which has rebounded
from a deficit in the 1980s to a cash reserve of $925 million this
Worker advocates say the reserve was not the result of
overpayment by employers. Rather, they say the surplus was built on
money that should have been paid to injured workers but never was.
Representative Tom Lubnau says he wants to examine the structure
of premiums and benefits to determine if the program could sustain
paying increased benefits to workers.
He's a member of the Joint Interim Labor, Health and Social
Services Committee, which will examine workers' comp this year.
An attempt by legislators to increase premium rebates to
employers recently failed when worker advocates persuaded some
lawmakers to look into whether injured workers were getting
sufficient compensation.