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CSHB 228(L&C): "An Act relating to fees for certain medical treatment and service under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act; and providing for an effective date."

00                       CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 228(L&C)                                                                    
01 "An Act relating to fees for certain medical treatment and service under the Alaska                                     
02 Workers' Compensation Act; and providing for an effective date."                                                        
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 23.30.097(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
05            (a)  All fees and other charges for medical treatment or service are subject to                              
06       regulation by the board consistent with this section. A fee or other charge for medical                           
07       treatment or service may not exceed the lowest [LESSER] of                                                    
08                 (1)  the usual, customary, and reasonable fees for the treatment or                                     
09       service in the community in which it is rendered, for treatment or service                                    
10                      (A)  provided before August 1, 2007, not to exceed the fees in                                 
11            the fee schedule specified by the board in its published bulletin dated                                      
12            December 1, 2004;                                                                                            
13                      (B)  provided on or after August 1, 2007, but before                                           
14            March 31, 2009, not to exceed the fees otherwise applicable in (A) of this                               
01            paragraph adjusted by the percentage change from 2004 to 2006 in the                                     
02            medical care component of the Consumer Price Index for all urban                                         
03            consumers compiled by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of                                   
04            Labor Statistics;                                                                                        
05                 (2)  the fee or charge for the treatment or service when provided to the                            
06       general public; or                                                                                                
07                 (3)  the fee or charge for the treatment or service negotiated by the                               
08       provider and the employer under (c) of this section.                                                              
09    * Sec. 2. Section 75, ch. 10, FSSLA 2005, is repealed.                                                             
10    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
11 read:                                                                                                                   
12       TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. In accordance with AS 23.30.005, the Department                                          
13 of Labor and Workforce Development may proceed to adopt regulations necessary to                                        
14 implement the provisions of this Act. The regulations take effect under AS 44.62                                        
15 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before July 31, 2007.                                                           
16    * Sec. 4. Section 3 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).                                    
17    * Sec. 5. Except as provided in sec. 4 of this Act, this Act takes effect July 31, 2007.