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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/15/2014)

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Improving WC Market Drives NCCI Recommendations for Rate Cuts in 15 States.

Self-Funded Health Care Plans for Small Business Could See 33% Growth.

Study Examines Association Between Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Overdose Mortality.

Study Says Prolonged Sitting at Work and Home Creates Health Issues.

AL: County Commissioners Group to Receive Workers Comp Fund Refund.

CA: Experts Say Rate Hike Won’t Necessarily Affect Workers Comp Pricing for Employers.

CA: Ahmed Says He Helped Shut Down Bill Limiting Reimbursements for Compound Creams.

CA: DWC Drafts QME Regulations for Online QME Panel Process.

CA: WCIRB Releases Report of Second Quarter 2014 Experience.

CA: Cal Chamber Issues Status Report on Major Legislation.

IL: Governor Appoints Four New Arbitrators to Illinois Workers Comp Commission.

IL: Labor Dept. Adopts Rules on Contractor Reporting Requirements, Notices.

IA: Governor Appoints Michelle McGovern as Acting Workers Comp Commissioner.

IA: Governor’s Deposition in Civil Law Suit by Ex-Commissioner Delayed Post-Election.

MA: DIA Issues New Quarterly Report Forms for Certified Voc Rehab Providers.

NY: Court Rules Exclusivity Barred Temp Worker’s Tort Claim for Workplace Fall.

NC: Governor Promises Action on Worker Misclassification by Contractors.

ND: WSI Drafts PTSD Bill for First Responders.

ND: Sedgwick Reports on IME Process at WSI.

OR: DCBS Says Workers Comp Costs to Drop for Second Straight Year.

OR: State Dept of Justice Denies Legal Aid to Former SAIF Corp. CEO.

OR: Judge Approves $11.3M Settlement in Health Care Providers Class Action Against Coventry.

OR: WCD Notifies Insurers/Self Insurers of Increase in Retroactive Program Benefits.

OR: Court Affirms Denial of Claim Due to Claimant’s Failure to Cooperate.

SD: DLR Reminder: Independent Contractors Not Required to Carry Workers Comp Insurance.

SD: Legislature May Need to Clarify Whether Subcontractors Must Be Covered by Workers Comp.

TX: DWC Revised Notice of Disputed Issues/Refusal to Pay Benefits Form.

VA: High Court Slams Door on Widow’s Suit in Training Recruit Death Case.

WV: Businesses Pay $2189 in Annual WC Costs for Smokers; $176 for Nonsmokers.

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