From the Office of State Senator John Carona

For Immediate Release
December 15, 2003
CONTACT: Paul Reyes, 512-463-0116 or 1-800-662-0334

SENATOR CARONA APPOINTED TO SELECT COMMITTEE ON WORKERS' COMPENSATION

State Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) has been appointed to the newly created Select Committee on Worker's Compensation. "Senator Carona will be instrumental in providing a voice of experience to the Select Committee on Workers' Compensation," said Lt. Governor Dewhurst, adding that Senator Carona has a proven record of hard work and a strong ability to work well with other senators.

"I am honored to be appointed to the Select Committee," Senator Carona said, adding that there will be difficult problems to explore related to the workers' compensation system in Texas, including medical fees for physicians, patient access to quality care, over-utilization, and the medical review process.

The Texas Workers' Compensation Commission (TWCC) is scheduled for Sunset Review during the 2005 legislative session, which means that the Legislature will be re-evaluating the TWCC as well as the entire workers' compensation system.

"I worked diligently this session with the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission (TWCC), Governor Perry's office, members of the House and Senate, and a variety of stakeholders in the workers' compensation system to come up with a plan and legislation that would reduce over-utilization and reduce costs. Unfortunately, the parties involved in the debate could not reach consensus on a solution," Senator Carona said, adding that part of the Select Committee's charge will be to come up with recommendations to address these issues.

"Without a doubt something must, and will, be done to resolve what is becoming a crisis within the Texas workers' compensation system," said Senator Carona, adding that he anticipates that significant changes will be made to the agency and that the issue of over-utilization by all responsible providers will be addressed.

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