April 24, 2017

MI Medical Marihuana Regulation Centralized in New Bureau

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Lansing, MI – Michigan has centralized all aspects of medical marihuana regulation with the creation of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) housed in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The new bureau combines the existing oversight functions of the state’s patient and caregiver registry with the newly…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Pharmacy Director Receives Governor’s Award for Employee Excellence

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Pharmacy Director Johnnie Hanna recently received the Governor’s Award for Employee Excellence for building a model pharmacy program at BWC and for his efforts to help injured workers avoid opioid addiction, a deadly disease ravaging communities across Ohio and the nation…[Continue Reading]

Associated Industries of FL Supports SB 1008 as “One Piece of Puzzle”

Associated Industries of Florida (AIF)

Tallahassee, FL – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) recently released the following statement on behalf of its President & CEO Tom Feeney regarding its support of Senate Bill 1008, by Senator Keith Perry, relating to Public Records/Injured or Deceased Employee/ Department of Financial Services. SB 1008 was recently heard…[Continue Reading]

AIA Applauds Workers’ Comp Drug Formulary Legislation in New York State Budget

American Insurance Association

Washington, DC – Alison Cooper, Vice President for the American Insurance Association (AIA), recently issued the following statement in response to the passage of the 2017-2018 New York State Budget. The budget brings some needed reforms to the state’s workers’ compensation system including the establishment of a drug…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Gov Kasich Names Froment to Serve as Director of Department of Insurance

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Columbus, OH – Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich recently named Jillian E. Froment to serve as the director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Froment replaces Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor who is stepping down as director, effective March 31, 2017. Taylor continues to serve as lieutenant governor. “Mary has capably led the Department through some…[Continue Reading]

ME Bureau of Insurance Approves 4.3% Decrease in Workers’ Comp Loss Costs

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Augusta, ME – Superintendent Eric Cioppa recently announced that the Bureau of Insurance has approved the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc.’s (NCCI) 2017 loss cost for Maine, filed earlier this year, which proposed a premium decrease of 4.3%. The new NCCI rates go into effect for new and renewing policies as of…[Continue Reading]

PA Wolf Administration Announces Workers’ Comp Insurance Rate Cut

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Boyertown, PA – Wolf Administration cabinet secretaries for the Insurance Department and Labor & Industry recently announced Pennsylvania businesses will see another cut in workers’ compensation insurance rates while maintaining benefit levels for injured workers. Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller and Labor & Industry…[Continue Reading]

AIA: IL HB 2645 Would Create Burdensome and Duplicative Workers’ Comp Regulations

American Insurance Association

Washington, DC – Steve Schneider, Midwest Region Vice President for the American Insurance Association (AIA) recently issued the following statement before testifying before the Illinois House Labor and Commerce Committee against HB 2645. The legislation urges employers and insurers to file return to work and safety programs with the Illinois…[Continue Reading]

CA DIR Amends Regulations for RTW Supplement Program, Extends Deadline to File

CA DIR

San Francisco, CA – An amendment that extends the deadline to file for the Return-to-Work Supplement Program (RTWSP) has been approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and filed with the Secretary of State, effective March 20, 2017. The regulation amendment extends the deadline to file for RTWSP benefits…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC: Two-Step Program Speeding Resolution of Many Workers’ Comp Disputes

Texas Dept of Insurance (TDI)

Austin, TX – After a successful pilot project, the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation rolled out a statewide program in October 2016 that has helped speed up the resolution of some disputes. The program splits up related claim issues so that a hearing officer can decide the most far-reaching issue first. This can clear the way for secondary issues…[Continue Reading]

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