FISCAL NOTE

Date Requested: February 11, 2020
Time Requested: 09:20 AM
Agency: Insurance Commission
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1294 Introduced SB200
CBD Subject: Workers Compensation


FUND(S):

7152, 7162, 7173

Sources of Revenue:

Special Fund

Legislation creates:

Increases Existing Expenses



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    Senate Bill 200, if enacted, would create a rebuttable presumption of injury arising out of and in the course of employment for professional firefighters diagnosed with bladder cancer, mesothelioma and testicular cancer.
    
    It is probable that the provisions of Senate Bill 200 would increase worker's compensation insurance premiums rates for employers who employer firefighters. It is also likely that certain State administered funds could see increased costs with the enactment of SB 200.
    
    However, the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner is unable to quantify the extent of the potential cost increases to employers of that classification of workers.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2020
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2021
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    Please explain increases and decreases in personal services, current expenses, repairs and alterations, assets, other costs and revenues, including assumptions and data sources and delineation between start-up and ongoing costs. Please also include a long-range schedule of costs and revenues if fiscal impact is expected to vary in future years.



Memorandum


    Senate Bill 200, if enacted, would expand the diseases designated to create a rebuttable presumption of injury arising out of and in the course of employment for firefighters to include three additional diseases: bladder cancer, mesothelioma, and testicular cancer.
    
    The OIC is unable to estimate the potential increased costs to employers of firefighters at this time due to lack of data regarding the incidence of those diseases in that classification or workers.
    
    An additional note regarding Senate Bill 200, is that the expanded benefits created in SB 200 expire on July 1, 2025, unless extended by the Legislature.
    No other worker's compensation benefits granted under Chapter 23 contain an expiration date.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Melinda Kiss
    Email Address: Melinda.A.Kiss@wv.gov