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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/21/2014)

January 21, 2014 (4 min read)

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Standard & Poor’s: Possible Revenue Decline for U.S Work Comp Insurance Industry.

NAIC Releases Report on Profitability by Line by State in 2012.

Federal Judge Rejects $765M Settlement of NFL Concussion Suits.

Impact of NCCI Experience Mod Calculation Split Which Increases to $13,500 in 2014.

Safety National President Announces Retirement Effective March 1.

AZ: Court Rules NAFTA Does Not Excuse Mexican Businesses’ Lack of WC Coverage.

AZ: SB 1075 Would Restrict Physician Dispensing for Workplace Injuries.

AZ: HB 2040 Would Restrict Injured Workers’ Choice of Pharmacy.

CA: DWC Posts Presentation Slides of UR IMR Meeting.

CA: DWC Announces Decrease in Mileage Rate.

CA: DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for April 12 QME Exam.

CA: Governor Appoints Three, Reappoints One to SCIF Board of Directors.

CA: CWCI Schedules Seminars on New Workers’ Comp Regulations.

CA: Cal Chamber Calls Governor’s 2014-15 Budget Proposal “Prudent”.

CA: Cal Chamber Calls SB 626 a Job Killer.

CA: Senator Cancels Jan. 15 Hearing on SB 626.

CA: WCIRB Launches Classification Search Tool.

CO: HB 1091 Would Change Reporting of WC Injury Dollars in X-Mod Factor of Employers.

FL: SB 444 Would Revise Requirements for Work Stop Orders.

FL: DWC Proposes Rule Changes re Reemployment Services.

IA: DWC Hires New Deputy Workers’ Comp Commissioner.

IL: New Study Examines Effect of Reducing Illinois Fee Schedule.

LA: Sup Ct Grants Writs (Cook, Dardar) re Retroactivity of Medical Treatment Guidelines.

LA: Fed Ct Rules Establishing “Substantial Certainty” in Intentional Tort Cases Is Difficult.

MI: Counties Association Fund Announces $2.5M Dividend.

MS: SB 2128 Would Prohibit Civil Liability of Person/Entity Reporting Insurance Fraud.

NV: DIR Revises Occupational Disease Claim Report Form.

NM: SB 9 Would Create Business Portal to Access Workers Comp Information.

NM: HB 113 Would Bar Benefits for Intentional Acts, Intoxication.

OH: BWC Proposes Rule Changes as Part of Five-Year Review.

OR: MAC Finds BiOM Ankle Scientific, Thus Compensable; Guidelines Needed.

OR: WCD Proposes Rule Change re Agency Representation at Certain Hearings.

OR: WCD Proposes Rule Changes re Medical Billing.

OR: WCD Proposes Rule Changes re Medical Services.

PA: 2014 Maximum/Minimum Benefit Rates Posted.

SC: House Passes PTSD Bill, HB 3147, for Police Officers.

SC: WCC Announces New Mileage Rate.

TN: DWC Announces New Medical Director.

TN: Insured Owed Additional Premiums Based on Compensation Paid to Independent Contractors.

WY: SF 51 Would Elective Coverage Eligibility.

WY: HB 16 Would Clarify Penalties for Employee Misclassification.

WY: SF 21 Would Enact Insurance-Own Risk Solvency Measures.

WY: SF 22 Would Provide Penalties for False Statements re Insurance Coverage.




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