Worker comp compromise faces problems


HELENA — Doctors and insurance companies say they are still opposed to a workers' compensation reform proposal because it cuts their rates to benefit the business owners and workers who helped craft it.

A House committee started looking over the compromise crafted first by a panel appointed by the governor, and then an interim legislative committee.

All sides agree workers' compensation premiums are too high in Montana and that something needs to be done about it.

But doctors and insurance companies are turning to Republicans in control of the Legislature to put forward a deal they prefer.

Committee members say it will take all session to sort out the differences and find a package that can clear the Legislature.


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