National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/24/2014)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/24/2014)

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Opinion: Workers Comp No Fault System Should Be Applied to Personal Injury Cases.

Opinion: States Should Duplicate PA Workers Comp Ruling to Curb Products Liability Cases.

Should ‘Big Food’ Be Held Liable for Obesity and Food-Related Health Issues?

Blue Collar Temp Workers Face Labor Abuses.

Reed Group Releases Evidence-Based Guidelines for Opioid Treatment.

Revenue Up, Jobs Down at CNA Financial Corp.

CA: High Court to Hear Workers Comp Drug Overdose Case.

CA: DWC Posts Proposed Rule Changes for Transition From ICD-9 to ICD-10.

CA: DIR/DOSH Reminds Employers to Post Annual Work-Related Injury, Illness Summary.

CA: WCIRB Elects New Committee Members at 98th Annual Meeting.

CA: Public Service Mutual Ins. Co. Leaves Calif. WC Market.

CA: Port Truckers Win NRLB Settlement Over Union Organizing.

CA: Former Police Officer Researching WC Fraud Obtains $185K Settlement in Car Crash.

CO: SB 92 Would Crack Down on Insurance Fraud by Agents, Brokers.

CT: HB 5527 Would Establish Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

CT: HB 5326 Would Allow Doctors to Prescribe Fatal Dose of Drugs in End-of-Life Situations.

FL: DWC Proposes Rule Changes for Self-Insurers Net Worth, Per Occurrence Retention Rate.

ID: SB 1373a Firefighter Cancer Bill Stymied Due to House-Senate Argument.

ID: Governor Signs SB 1252 to Amend Laws Relating to Self-Insured Employers.

IL: Northwestern Football Players Seek to Form Labor Union.

IA: Pothitakis Elected VP of Iowa Assoc. of Workers’ Comp Lawyers.

KY: SB 137 Extending WC Coverage to 70 Years of Age Opposed by Chamber of Commerce.

KY: Dem. Lawmaker Defends SB 137 Extension of WC Coverage for Older Workers.

ME: Labor Advocates Question WCB Exec. Director’s Actions in Removing Hearing Officer.

ME: WCB Exec. Director Responds to Allegations of Favoritism to Employers.

MD: Physician Dispensing Bill Remains in Committee, Time Running Out.

MA: Div. of Insurance Reaches Settlement for Zero Percent Overall WC Rate Change.

MI: New Medical Director Named at Accident Fund Holdings.

NJ: A2734/S491 Would Create Comp Program for Corrections, Parole Officers.

NY: WCB Explains Changes to Amended Rules on Independent Medical Examinations.

ND: WSI Medical Director Blasts Legal Process for Bypassing Medical Opinions.

OH: HB 359 Would Require Opioid Fact Sheet for Patients.

OR: WCD Posts Compensable Fatalities by Industry 2009-2013.

OR: WCD Posts Updated List of Insurers Required to Submit Medical Billing Data.

OR: WCD Revises Updated Adjusted Cost-to-Charge Ratios for Oregon Hospitals.

PA: House Committee Approves HB 2081 to End Dual State WC, Fed LHWCA Coverage.

RI: NCCI Recommends 3 Percent Increase in Voluntary Loss Costs.

TX: DWC Posts Transition to ICD-10 Code Sets.

TX: DWC Posts Discount Rate, Interest Rate for 4/1/2014-6/30/2014.

TX: DWC Posts Recent Enforcement Actions.

WV: Legislature Passes Budget, Helps Pay Off WC Program Multibillion Dollar Debt.

WY: Governor Signs SB 17 P&C Insurers Use of Electronic Policy Submissions to Policyholders.

WY: Governor Signs SB 21 Annual Solvency Assessments of Insurance Companies.

WY: Governor Signs SB 51 WC Coverage for Corp., LLC Officers.

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