National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/14/2013)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/14/2013)

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NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS:

WCRI 16-State Benchmark Study Measures Costs for Workplace Injuries.

Small Businesses in CA, NJ, NY File RICO Class Action Against AIG.

Government Shutdown Furloughs 90%+ of OSHA Inspectors.

IRS to Ramp Up Audits Related to Misclassification of Workers.

CA: AB 1309 Blocks Most Out of State Pro Athlete Claims.

CA: NFL Bamboozled Lawmakers on AB 1309.

CA: CHSWC Posts Draft Report on Copy Services Fee Schedule.

CA: DWC Issues 15-Day Notice re Proposed IBR, Electronic Billing Changes.

CA: Benchmark Study Reports SB 863 Impact Too Early to Gauge.

CT: NCCI Files for 3.2% Increase in Rates/Loss Costs.

DE: Insurance Commissioner Clarifies Objection to Proposed WC Rate Hike.

ID: IC Posts Approved Rules for 2013 Legislative Session.

ID: IC Posts Proposed Rules, Statutory Changes for 2014 Legislative Session.

IL: Court Denies WC Benefits to 3 Professional Indoor Football Players.

IL: Decline in Medical Payments Per Claim Linked to Fee Schedule Rate Reductions.

IL: IWCC Meeting Oct. 16 to Interview Commissioner Candidate.

IN: IRCB Reports 9% Increase in WC Net Written Premium in 2012.

LA: Costs Per Claim Higher Than Most States, Rapid Growth to Continue.

ME: MEMIC Announces Record $16M Dividend to Policyholders.

MD: IWIF Officially Becomes Chesapeake Employers Ins. Co.

MA: DIA Posts 2014 Maximum Benefit Rates.

MN: MWCIA Posts 2% Decrease in Pure Premium Rates.

MT: US Sup Ct Refuses to Hear Hutterite’s Religious Objections to WC.

NE: WCC Posts New Maximum Benefit Rate Increase.

NJ: S3003 Would Restrict Coverage of Opioid Drugs for WC Claimants.

NY: WCB to Close 8 Offices as Part of Cost Cutting Measure.

NY: WCB Provides Guidance re Closing of the Fund for Reopened Cases.

NY: Governor Vetoes A5950 Acupuncture Bill.

OR: WCD Reports 30 Workplace Fatalities in 2012.

OR: WCB Meeting Oct. 14 to Discuss Presiding ALJ Appointment.

PA: Rising Costs Per Claim in Prior Years Now Moderated.

SD: WC Advisory Council Posts 2013 Annual Report.

TX: DWC Accepting Comments for Health Care Provider Billing Rules.

TX: Reforms to Contain Medical Costs Led to Decline in Costs Per Claim.

VA: NCCI Files 4.1% Increase in Rates/Loss Costs.

WV: Sup Ct Justice Says WC Ruling Has “Chilling Effect” on Employee Morale.

WV: BrickStreet Auditor Sentenced to Prison, Took Bribes to Lower Premiums.

WI: Advisory Council Meets Oct. 15 to Discuss Independent Contractors Exemptions.

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