State Assembly Let Injured Workers Down

Last week the 2021 legislative session came to a close. It was a sad day as the state Assembly failed to act in getting injured workers the care they need. As you will see below, the system is broken. We all know this and yet the Assembly still failed to pass A. 1013B, which is a solution to this problem. Unfortunately, the New York State Assembly decided that it was better to do nothing and continue to let these workers suffer.

Small Pharmacies Can Have a Big Impact on those Hurt on the Job

ALBANY – Peter Levis, Supervising Pharmacist, and George Rontiris, Owner, of Titan Pharmacy in Astoria Queens are trying to do the right thing, but New York law does not offer them the ability to be reimbursed if they provide authorized medications to injured workers when the system for pharmacy benefits fails the injured worker due to bureaucratic reasons.

NYS AFL-CIO Supports S. 1026

The Coalition to Protect Injured Workers would like to bring to your attention that the the New York State AFL-CIO, representing over 2.5 million workers, has announced their support for legislation that would allow any pharmacy to dispense medication to injured worker who were denied their benefits through no fault of their own. 

IWBA Support Memo

The Injured Workers' Bar Association is a statewide organization of lawyers dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured and disabled working people of New York. We wholeheartedly support Senate Bill S7245 and Assembly Bill A8117. This proposed legislation will provide workers' compensation claimants with greater flexibility by affording them the ability to fill their prescriptions at any pharmacy registered as resident, in-state pharmacies with the New York State Department of Education.

Letter To WCB From Psychiatrists

Daniel Kuhn M.D., P.C.
Integrative Neuropsychiatric Services

200 W. 57th Street
Suite 1205
New York, NY 10019

Daniel Kuhn M.D., Psychiatrist, Diplomat of the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry
Telephone:  (212) 315-1755
Fax:  (212) 333-4209

11.03.2020

To:
New York State
Workers’ Compensation Board
OFFICE OF THE CHAIR
328 State Street
Schenectady, New York 12305

ATTN: Chair Clarissa Rodriguez

Support Memo S7245 (Ramos / A8117 (Bronson) Relates to contracted network pharmacy use

The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (“PSSNY”) supports the passage of this legislation that will protect patient choice in the selection of their pharmacy.

Under current law, injured workers are restricted to pharmacies that are in the employer's Workers Compensation Insurance network in all cases except for emergency care. With this bill, an employer may continue to contract with a network pharmacy, and encourage injured workers to use that pharmacy.

COVID-19’s Top Legal and Regulatory Pitfalls for Workers’ Comp — What to Watch Out For

The state-level workers’ comp system is difficult enough to navigate in an average world. But combined with ever-changing federal mandates related to Coronavirus, it adds a complexity to the pandemic environment that will impact employers for a long time to come, as they seek to not only protect employees but also mitigate their legal and compliance risks.