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House Passes HR 4302 to Delay ICD-10 Transition, Medicaid Amendments.

Experts Speak Out on Impact of NLRB Ruling for Northwestern Football Players.

NSC Releases Latest Injury, Fatality Statistics & Trends Report.

1 in 10 Small Businesses Report Employees Working While Using a Controlled Substance.

Opinion: Conservative Visions of Social Insurance, Charity Based on Fairy Tale.

New Study Finds Uninsured Vastly Confused About Obamacare, Penalties.

Group Health Stops Coverage for Work-Related Health Issues.

Poor People Face More Challenges in Fighting Nicodine Addiction.

GA, FL, IL, IN, ME, KY Urge HHS to Overturn Approval of Zohydro ER (Hydrocodone Pill).

AK: HB 370 Would Clamp Down on Long Term Opioid Prescriptions for Injured Workers.

CA: CWCI Elects 2014 Board of Directors.

CA: Governor Signs AB 369 Continuity of Care Under ACA.

CA: SB 1262 Would Allow State to Regulate All Aspects of Medical Marijuana.

CA: Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument 4/2/2014 in Salas v. Sierra Chemical.

CO: DWC Posts Procedures for Submitting Electronic Settlements.

CO: Hearing Impaired Claimant Wrongfully Denied ASL Interpreter at Work Comp, Unempl. Hearings.

GA: Legislature Passes Pro-Gun Law for Bars, Schools, Restaurants, Churches, Airports.

GA: SB 401 Would Clamp Down on Misclassification of Workers.

GA: SB 402 Would Provide Penalty for Misclassification of Workers.

IL: NLRB Decision Rules Northwestern Football Players Are Employees Entitled to Unionize.

IL: Chicago Cab Drivers File Class Action re Misclassification as Independent Contractors.

IL: Chairman Latz Appoints Ronald Rascia as Acting Secretary of Commission.

IL: Workers Comp Reforms Fail to Make State Competitive.

IL: Court Remands Case Because Settlement Agreement Ambiguous.

IN: Governor Signs SB 294 to Restrict Physician Dispensing of Repackaged Drugs.

IN: AIA Applauds Governor for Signing SB 294.

KY: Court Affirms Verdict for Manufacturer of Asbestos-Containing Cigarettes.

LA: Court Restricts Payment of Attorney Fees Out of Medicare Set-Aside.

ME: Lawmakers Call on WCB Chief to Explain Removal of Hearing Officer.

ME: Injured Worker Attorney Says 2012 Reforms Eliminated Rights of Injured Workers.

MA: Insurance Commissioner Stipulates to No Rate Hike.

MO: Father Sues Oil Companies for Death of Son Working in Oil Fields.

MT: Montana State Fund Posts 2013 Financial Statement.

NM: A.M. Best Affirms A- Rating for New Mexico Mutual Casualty Company.

NY: CorVel Sued Over Alleged Unauthorized Fees for Workers Comp Management Services.

NY: Grand Jury Recommends Changes to Prevent Workers Comp Insurance Fraud.

NY: Members of Insolvent Self-Insurance Trust Bring RICO Action Against Ins. Brokers, Agencies.

ND: WSI Medical Director Now Reports to WSI Director.

OH: HB 203 Would Ease Restrictions on Concealed Handguns.

OH: Attorney Whistleblower at BWC Claims He Faced Severe Retribution.

OK: Workers Comp Commission Clarifies Mileage Reimbursement for Claimants.

OR: WCD Updates Info re Audit for Employer-at-Injury Program Reimbursements.

OR: WCD Provides Forms for Request of Administrative Review of Medical Disputes.

RI: Medical Advisory Board to Meet 5/6/2014 re Fee Schedule, Chronic Pain.

TX: TDI Adopts NCCI Basic Manual With Texas Exceptions.

TX: DWC Accepts Comments on Proposed SOAH Rule Changes.

TX: WCRI Finds Rise in Medical Prices Has Increased Cost Per Claim of Medical Care.

TX: DWC Posts Safety & Health Info re Distracted Driving, Eye Safety, Eating Habits.

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