Commissioner Doak Issues Statement on Workers' Compensation Ruling

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     For Immediate Release:
March 1, 2016

Insurance Commissioner John Doak Issues Statement on Workers' Compensation Ruling

"On Friday, responding to an appeal of a denial of benefits based on a pre-existing condition by an employer providing benefits in accordance with the Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act, the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission concluded that a part of the Act is unconstitutional. I appreciate the difficult work the Commission has performed during its first two challenging years and their dedication to our collective goal of protecting Oklahoma’s workers. The Commission Order anticipates an appeal and stays its referral until appeals are decided, and I look forward to a complete and careful review of these issues by the judicial branch. My department will continue to perform its statutory responsibilities while this consideration occurs, and we will support our legislators as they continue to develop Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system this session. I believe that addressing these issues head-on will enable our state to provide the best care possible for Oklahomans at a price employers can afford."

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