Public Comment Period Open Regarding Firefighter Disability Benefits

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The Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Division is proposing changes that will affect the Division’s rules, regulations and fee schedule.  These proposals include modifications to the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Rules, Regulations and Fee Schedules.The Department proposes to update Chapter 13 (Presumption of Disability for Certain Diseases), due to a new statute change.

This chapter addresses the authority and hearing requirements for firefighters applying for workers’ compensation benefits. In 2017, the Wyoming Legislature passed a new statute that provides specifics regarding firefighters seeking disability or compensation for job-related injuries or diseases.

The Workers Comp rule states that hearings for firefighters applying for workers’ compensation benefits will proceed under the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act. The statute that passed last year was very specific and detailed in the sorts of diseases that firefighters in Wyoming are covered for, and the procedures with which they can seek compensation, therefore the Workforce rules are very brief.

Nonetheless, the Department is seeking the public’s input on these changes. The public comment period will end at close of business on August 15, 2018.

Via traditional mail, send comments to:
Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Division
ATTN: Administrator
1510 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY  82002
(307) 777-7672

Or via email to: [email protected].

The proposed rules may be downloaded, free of charge, by clicking here.

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