Worker compensation, insurer drug coverage laws to change next week
ST. PAUL -- Police officers, firefighters and other active duty law enforcement and medical officials diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder will be presumed to have developed the condition in the line of duty under a Minnesota law set to take effect next week.
The change could make it easier for officials who experience PTSD to access workers compensation benefits. Those diagnosed prior to taking their active duty positions or who'd been demoted fired, or otherwise shuffled in an act of good faith by an employer won't be afforded the same presumption.
The law is among a handful set to take effect Jan. 1.
Ahead of the New Year, here are some of the other Minnesota laws set to come into force.
Blocking release of minors' credit information
A law set to take effect Tuesday, Jan. 1 will require credit reporting agencies to freeze the accounts of those 16 and younger within 30 days of a guardian's request. The move to place a security freeze blocks the agencies from releasing information about a consumer when someone tries to open a new account. The law's authors said the statute could help prevent identity theft.
Insurers to outline drug coverage, pricing
Health insurers in Minnesota will be required to set up step therapy guidelines, with clinical review information available to those who ask for it. The step therapy guidelines typically allow patients to start on medication or treatment that is cheaper for the insurer and move on to other more expensive options after that. The law would also allow Minnesotans and their doctors to override the insurer's steps if they meet certain conditions.
Out-of-state reinsurers can join risk-pool
Under the law, a new group of organizations that take on part of the risk of Minnesota insurance companies will be recognized. The certified reinsurers operating outside the state will be allowed to work in Minnesota despite not having a license as long as they meet certain requirements.
Green light for remote notarizing
Another law will overhaul the state's laws governing public notaries and will update state statute to allow for remote notarizing that takes place online. Under the law, a notary wouldn't be allowed to notarize agreements in which they or their spouse are involved or from which they could benefit.
Deciding who can haul trash
Local governments looking for new waste hauling options will be required to add analyses of cost, services provided and impact of garbage collection operations to streets as part of their decision-making process.