Code of the District of Columbia

§ 32–1543. Appropriations.

(a) There is hereby authorized to be appropriated such sum as is necessary for the Mayor to administer the provisions of this chapter.

(b) The Mayor shall reclassify Office of Workers’ Compensation Hearing Examiners as Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) and raise their level of compensation.

(c) The Mayor shall develop performance measures and qualifications for the ALJs for the Office of Workers’ Compensation.

(d) Within 2 years following April 16, 1999, the Mayor shall submit to the Council an evaluation of the District’s workers’ compensation program that shall include the following:

(1) An analysis of the impact of provisions contained in this chapter in reducing costs, improving efficiency, and maintaining access to health care;

(2) A recommendation on whether the District government should assume additional administrative functions related to the workers’ compensation program including the statistical analysis and ratemaking now undertaken by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, including an assessment of costs involved;

(3) A recommendation on whether the District should adopt a managed care approach and a preferred provider approach and rationale if such a policy is recommended;

(4) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking in regulating workers’ compensation insurance including the basis of ratemaking decisions and encompassing any recommended changes in law, regulation or administration to improve effectiveness;

(5) An analysis of and recommendation to address the disproportionate burden on District businesses posed by the pre-1982 claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act including estimates on savings possible if the U.S. Department of Labor is held to administrative cost standards equal to those associated with post-1982 claims;

(6) A recommendation on whether the District should create a “state accident fund” as exists in other jurisdictions as a means to reduce overall premium costs through more effective risk management; and

(7) An evaluation of the current occupational class codes and a recommendation for restructuring if advisable.