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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (9/23/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

House E&C Committee Gives SMART Act Unanimous Support.

Judge Approves $4M Settlement Between AIG, Class of Insured South Carolina Businesses.

Pew Releases White Paper on Best Practices for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs.

AIA Issues Statement on Pew’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Report.

AIA Posts Testimony at U.S. House Hearing on Future of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

STATE NEWS:

AL: NCCI Files 4.8 Percent Increase in Loss Cost Rate.

CA: Governor Signs SB 863 Comprehensive Workers Comp Reform.

CA: ACIC Pushes for Timely, Effective Implementation of SB 863.

CA: WCIRB Actuarial Committee to Continue Evaluation of SB 863.

CA: WCIRB Star Cutover Proceeding as Planned; Normal Operations to Resume 9/24.

CA: DWC Announces Working Groups for SB 863 Regulations.

CA: Fitch Ratings: SB 863 Reforms Will Result in Slight Benefit for Insurers.

CO: Governor Appoints Michael Mitchell to Workers Comp Cost Containment Board.

HI: NCCI Files 5.2 Percent Increase in Loss Cost Rate.

IL: NCCI Proposes 3.8 Percent Loss Cost Rate Decrease.

IL: Supreme Court Censures WC Attorney for Ex Parte Communication With Arbitrator.

IN: Rating Bureau Proposes 5 Percent Rate Increase.

IA: NCCI Proposes 7.9 Percent Loss Cost Rate Increase.

KY: KEMI President & CEO Roger Fries Announces Plan to Retire.

MO: Dept of Insurance Licenses 25th Captive Insurance Company.

MO: Governor Reports Workers Comp Rates Declined Each of Past Three Years.

NE: Governor Appoints Daniel Fridrich to Workers Comp Court.

NH: NCCI Proposes 0.6 Percent Loss Cost Rate Increase.

NH: LGC Files Motion to Reconsider Order Mandating $52M Refund.

NY: SWCB Posts Centralized Mailing Address for all Board Offices.

NY: SWCB Announces Voluntary Resignation of Dr. Vu Tran’s Authorization to Treat IWs.

NY: SWCB Posts Information on Hearings Held by Video Conference.

OH: Inspector General Questions BWC Employee’s Billing State for Commute Time.

OR: WCD Notifies Insurers of Retroactive Program Benefits Effective 10/1/12.

OR: WCD Proposes Changes to Procedural Rules, Rulemaking, Hearings, Attorney Fees.

OR: WCD Proposes Changes to Disability Rating Standards.

OR: WCD Posts Hospital Fee Schedule, Adjusted Cost/Charge Ratios.

TN: NCCI Proposes 2.3 Percent Loss Cost Rate Increase.

TX: DWC Posts New Maximum/Minimum Benefit Rates.

TX: High Court Denies Rehearing in Ruttiger Bad Faith Case.

VA: NCCI Files 5.7 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Rate.

VA: Congressional Candidate Faces Misconduct Complaint by State Bar Related to WC Case.

WA: L&I Proposes No Workers Comp Rate Increase for 2013.

WA: Editorial: Law on Optional Structured WC Settlements Needs Fixing.

WV: High Court Upholds Compensability of Former Steel Worker’s Bladder Cancer.

WV: High Court Denies Benefits to Fast Food Worker Under Intoxication Rule.

WV: High Court Denies Benefits to Hotel Worker With Alleged Shoulder Injury.