Special Series: Workers' Comp 20/20 - What Will Workers' Comp Look Like In The Year 2020?

Sarasota, FL (CompNewsNetwork) - This week we are pleased to announce the launch of our new series, "Workers' Comp 20/20", which is designed to both forecast where the industry is going, and generate dialogue that will contribute to that process. Essentially we are asking, "What will...

NC: Blue Cross to Cut Costs 20% to Limit Premium Hikes, Adapt to Health Care Reforms

DURHAM, NC - The Charlotte Observer reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is planning to cut costs by 20 percent by 2014, all in an effort to improve its bottom line, limit the need for premium hikes, and adapt to changes as a result of health care reform.

NM: Governor Richardson Acts on Health Care Reform Strategic Plan and Recommendations

SANTA FE, NM - Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., issued the following news release: Governor Bill Richardson today announced the state is moving forward on several initial recommendations from the New Mexico Health Care Reform Leadership Team's Strategic Plan. Governor Richardson appointed the leadership...

New Certification Helps Producers Bring Risk Management Strategies To Employee Benefits And Wellness

Asheville, NC (CompNewsNetwork) - The Institute of Benefit & Wellness Advisors (IBWA) has been launched to help insurance professionals integrate employee benefits with wellness. The organization is based in Asheville, NC. “It has become increasingly clear that Workers’ Compensation...

Workers Comp 20/20: The Future Of Self-Insurance And Other Alternative Risk Funding Options

St Louis, MO (CompNewsNetwork) - For years, companies have found alternative risk funding options for workers’ compensation to be an avenue that pays fruitful dividends in the short and long term. There are several options within the alternative risk funding realm: Self-Insurance This is...

The Impact of US Health Care Reform on Workers’ Compensation

Swiss Re reports that it will take months and possibly years to know the full impact of the reforms, but several key themes are emerging for P&C insurers. Read more in the Swiss Re Report On Health Care Reform and Workers' Compensation .

National Workers' Compensation Conference Features Executive Roundtable Discussion in Las Vegas

In what will undoubtedly become a permanent part of its yearly offerings, the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, at its 19th annual event held November 10-12, 2010 in Las Vegas, sponsored a spirited Executive Roundtable discussion. Mark Walls, Assistant Vice President...

Nine States Observe Workers' Compensation Centennial in 2011

As reported in other blogs , 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of workers' compensation as a statutory framework for providing benefits to workers who sustain industrial injuries within the United States. As noted below, nine states led the initial charge in enacting successful workers' compensation...

Nine States Observe Workers' Compensation Centennial in 2011

As reported in other blogs , 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of workers' compensation as a statutory framework for providing benefits to workers who sustain industrial injuries within the United States. As noted below, nine states led the initial charge in enacting successful workers' compensation...

Health Care Reform’s Potential Impact to Pose Challenges for Workers Comp, Medical Liability Insurers

While it's still too early to quantify the exact impact of health care reform, implementation of the measure enacted last year will bring short- and long-term challenges to employers and the property/casualty insurance industry, attendees at the Casualty Actuarial Society's annual Ratemaking...

Vermont Moves Towards Single-Payer Healthcare, Will New Jersey Be Next?

Last month, Vermont laid the groundwork for the establishment of a universal single-payer healthcare system in that state. Now a similar plan is being supported by a group called the New Jersey One Plan One Nation. This group states that universal healthcare is an issue of human rights and supports the...

Thomas A. Robinson on 2011 Year in Review: Top 10 Issues in Workers’ Compensation Law

In this LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis article, Thomas A. Robinson analyzes the top 10 workers’ compensation events for 2011, with an eye to the hot button issues for 2012. > You can purchase the article at the LexisNexis Bookstore . > Lexis.com subscribers can access the complete...

Update From the Benefits Review Board (May 2012)

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore, Benefits Review Board, United States Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. BRB Statistical Update The Board began this fiscal year in October 2011 with 148 pending Longshore appeals. During the last fiscal year, which ended September 30, 2011...

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Act - Individual Mandate Is Constitutional, Medicaid Expansion Is Limited

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a sweeping opinion covering four issues addressed over three days of oral argument, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28 found that the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) does not bar challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), that the individual mandate...

Experts, Officials, Media Offer Their Two Cents on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Affordable Care Act

By John Stahl, Esq. The U.S. Supreme Court announcing its decision that the Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA and Obamacare, was constitutional was a “where were you” moment in American history. Key quotes from the majority and dissent opinions are provided below. The experts on...

Workers’ Compensation Under Romneycare Provides Clues for Nationwide Future of Systems

By John Stahl, Esq. Uncertainty regarding how the U.S. Supreme Court deciding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was constitutional would impact workers’ compensation systems makes this a good time to review an expert’s related research. RAND Director for Research...

Workers’ Compensation Under Romneycare Provides Clues for Nationwide Future of Systems

By John Stahl, Esq. Uncertainty regarding how the U.S. Supreme Court deciding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was constitutional would impact workers’ compensation systems makes this a good time to review an expert’s related research. RAND Director for Research...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/2/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL: IAIABC Drafts Model Legislation on Opioid Use . US DOL Posts Statement on OSHA Voluntary Protection Program...

Workers Comp and the Affordable Healthcare Act

Assuming that Obamacare isn't grievously wounded by Congressional de-funding and that a Romney win in the election doesn't result in repeal of the law, what effect will it have on workers' comp? I've already received several client e-mails asking whether the Affordable Healthcare Act...

Workers Comp and the Affordable Healthcare Act

Assuming that Obamacare isn't grievously wounded by Congressional de-funding and that a Romney win in the election doesn't result in repeal of the law, what effect will it have on workers' comp? I've already received several client e-mails asking whether the Affordable Healthcare Act...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (8/27/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Workers Comp State Legislative Battles to Watch . CMS Names New Chief to Implement Obamacare . Aetna...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/1/2013)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: 7th Circuit Rejects Liberty Mutual’s Challenge to AIG Class Action Settlement Order . NAIC Ranks...

The New York Times Article on Health Care for Farmworkers Ignored the Farm Labor Contracting Scam

The New York Times article about health care reform in agriculture, “Tacking Health Care Costs Onto California Farm Produce ” (Aug. 21) emphasized the views of the labor intermediaries, known as farm labor contractors, “who provide farmers with armies of field workers.“ The farm...

Obamacare Architect Estimates Three-Year Delay in Accurately Understanding Affordable Care Act Impact on Workers’ Compensation

The statement of economist Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D. , of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts that a three-year news blackout regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have had merit was arguably the most memorable moment during the 2014 Annual Issues and Research Conference...

Affordable Care Act: A New Body of Law With Lots of Moving Parts

Practical Guidance on Administering ObamaCare and Other Health Plans The acronym “ACA” has now joined the acronym “ADA” in the panoply of regulations with which companies must comply. As with any new and unfamiliar system, some companies may be uncertain as to what exactly...