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House Labor and Industry Committee to Hold Hearing on Bill to Reduce Opioid Abuse in Worker’s Compensation Program
WHAT: The House Labor and Industry Committee, led by Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), will hold a public hearing on House Bill 18, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks), which focuses on a drug formulary for the Worker’s Compensation Program to help reduce instances of opioid abuse.

WHO: Kauffman, Mackenzie and other members of the committee. Testifiers will include Samuel Marshall, president, PA Insurance Federation; Jeffrey Jacobs, MD, fellow, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; Michael Vovakes, deputy secretary for compensation and insurance, Department of Labor and Industry; Joseph Huttemann, PA Association for Justice; Carlos Luna, director of government affairs, Reed Group; Kenneth Eichler, vice president, Work Loss Data Institute; and Aaron Turner-Phifer, director of government relations, URAC.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

WHERE: Room G-50, Irvis Office Building, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: Barring any technical difficulties, the hearing will be streamed at

Media contact: Tricia Lehman, 717.772.9840,
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