President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 22, 2019
gives final approval to workers’ comp bill
Legislation strengthens landmark 2013 reforms
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to legislation
that preserves and strengthens landmark workers’ compensation
reforms adopted in 2013. House Bill 2367 passed unanimously and
now goes to the governor’s desk for consideration.
Daniels, Senate Judiciary Committee chair, is the Senate author
of the bill and said HB 2367 clarifies and secures the reforms while
addressing a number of issues that have arisen since passage of
the original bill.
“Since 2013, reforms have been effective in helping injured
workers receive timely treatment and get back to work. Oklahoma
employers have saved hundreds of millions of dollars. Premiums are
lower, fewer cases are filed and employee claims are resolved in
less time with fewer appeals. Without compromising reforms all stakeholders
negotiated over several months to resolve some pressing issues,”
said Daniels, R-Bartlesville.
Among the highlights of HB 2367:
• Increases the total temporary disability (TTD) cap to 70
percent of the employee’s average weekly wage with a maximum
of the state’s average weekly wage;
• Increases the maximum permanent partial disability (PPD)
rate to $350/week for two years; an increase to $360/week in 2021
and an extension of the maximum number of weeks to 360;
• Adopts use of the Sixth Edition of the American Medical
• Brings the Workers’ Compensation Commission in line
with several Oklahoma Supreme Court decisions;
• Restructures the Multiple Injury Trust Fund (MITF) to increase
the fund’s solvency.
o The Fiscal Year 2020 budget deal includes a $5 million appropriation
to the MITF as part of the solution.
• Includes a reduction in the Court of Existing Claims to
one judge from 2020 to 2022 to address remaining cases;
• Calls for the Workers’ Compensation Commission to
conduct a study regarding a possible increase in the medical fee
schedule and to report to the Legislature in 2020;
• Calls for the current procedural terminology (CPT) codes
to be updated every two years.
“Republicans fought long and hard to transform the workers’
comp system from an adversarial system to an administrative system
that’s fair to all parties while still controlling costs for
employers. Workers’ comp reform has been an undeniable success
for Oklahoma and this legislation will preserve and strengthen our
successful reforms. I want to congratulate Senator Julie Daniels
for a fantastic job in championing workers’ comp reform,”
said Senate President Pro Tempore Greg
Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565