May 22, 2017

OR Gov Brown Announces Opioid Abuse & Dependency Task Force

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Salem, OR – Governor Kate Brown recently announced that she has tasked Senior Policy Advisor Jeff Rhoades with leading a statewide effort to combat opioid abuse and dependency. Rhoades will create a task force consisting of medical experts, drug treatment specialists, and government officials to identify and implement efforts…[Continue Reading]

AZ Gov Ducey Signs Legislation Establishing Drug Overdose Review Team

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Phoenix, AZ – Governor Doug Ducey recently signed legislation establishing a review team to investigate every drug overdose death in Arizona. The team will be comprised of the state’s top health, prevention, and public safety officials and will be tasked with collecting data on drug overdoses and coordinating with local stakeholders to…[Continue Reading]

CA Commissioner Jones Appoints Schnoll as CDI General Counsel

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Sacramento, CA – Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently announced the appointment of Ken Schnoll as General Counsel for the California Department of Insurance. Schnoll brings more than 30 years’ experience to his new role, including work in regulatory and transactional matters with health insurers and property-casualty insurers…[Continue Reading]

NY Gov Cuomo Announces 4.5% Workers’ Comp Rate Reduction

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Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board, a non-governmental rate service organization has submitted an overall workers’ compensation rate decrease of approximately 4.5 percent, which will save New York employers about $400 million this year in workers’…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Gov Kasich Announces Appointments to BWC Board of Directors

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Columbus, OH – Governor John R. Kasich recently announced the following appointments to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Board of Directors, which included three reappointments and one appointment. Peggy Griffith of Deerfield (Portage Co.), Chauncey A. Cochran of New Albany (Franklin Co.), and David W. Johnson…[Continue Reading]

PCI Issues Statement on Florida Workers’ Compensation Rate Ruling

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Tallahassee, FL – The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently prevailed in its appeal in Florida. The Florida First District Court of Appeals has ordered a full reversal of the lower court decision, upholding the 14.5 percent rate increase approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Logan McFaddin…[Continue Reading]

CA DIR and DWC Suspend Four More Medical Providers


San Francisco, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) have suspended four more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system. DWC Acting Administrative Director George Parisotto issued Orders of Suspension for two providers who had not…[Continue Reading]

CA Senate Rules Committee Appoints Mona Garfias as New CHSWC Commissioner


Oakland, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) recently announced the Senate Rules Committee has appointed Mona Garfias to the Commission as an employer representative. The position does not require Senate confirmation. The Commission…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Announces $44 Million Investment in Workplace Safety and Wellness

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Columbus, OH – Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison recently announced a $44 million investment in workplace safety, health and wellness. The safety initiative is part of the $1 billion rebate plan proposed by Gov. John Kasich last month and approved by BWC’s board of directors…[Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Testifies at Pure Premium Rate Hearing


Oakland, CA – The WCIRB recently testified at a California Department of Insurance (CDI) public hearing regarding the WCIRB’s July 1, 2017 Pure Premium Rate Filing which was submitted to the CDI on April 11, 2017. WCIRB Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary Dave Bellusci, along with President and CEO Bill Mudge, presented the…[Continue Reading]

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