March 18, 2018

VT Governor Scott Announces Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease for Second Consecutive Year

Montpelier, VT – Governor Phil Scott recently announced that workers’ compensation insurance rates will continue to improve for a second year in a row. It will cost less for most Vermont employers when the new rates approved by the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) become effective on April 1. “I am pleased to announce this substantial decrease in workers’ compensation rates, which will directly lower the cost of doing business in Vermont,” said Scott. “This is good news for Vermont employers…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Expands Grant Program for Firefighter Safety

Columbus, OH – Due to heavy demand, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is more than doubling its funding for a new grant program aimed at protecting firefighters from carcinogens and other toxins that cause long-term health ailments. Visiting a fire station in Westerville ahead of Governor John Kasich’s recent State of the State address, BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison said her agency had originally allotted $2 million this year for its Firefighter…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Suspends 10 Medical Providers

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has suspended 10 more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of providers suspended to 207. DWC Administrative Director George Parisotto issued suspension orders against the following providers because their licenses were suspended, surrendered or revoked: Gerald David Ebner, Santa Maria physician, surrendered his medical license in 2017 based on grounds of sexual…[Continue Reading]

PCI Urges Indiana Governor to Sign Workers’ Compensation Formulary Bill

Chicago, IL – The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is urging Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to sign SB 369, which adopts an evidence-based workers compensation drug formulary. The Indiana Senate concurred with House amendments March 6, and the bill will now be sent to the governor. “Evidence-based pharmaceutical formularies such as included in SB 369 can help to ensure timely delivery of appropriate medical care to injured workers to achieve optimum health and return-to-work…[Continue Reading]

FL CFO Jimmy Patronis: Florida Shows Up for First Responders Struggling with PTSD

Tallahassee, FL – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis recently issued the following statement regarding the final unanimous passage of his top legislative priority, Senate Bill 376. The bill will now be ready to head to Gov. Rick Scott for signature. “From day one this has been a life or death issue. Our firefighters are attempting suicide at a rate FIVE TIMES HIGHER than the general population, and they are thinking about suicide at a rate NINE TIMES HIGHER than the general…[Continue Reading]

OK Workers’ Comp Commission: People Answer the Phone Here Now, Not Machines

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) has replaced their automated answering service with a live operator during normal hours of operations. Commenting on the reason behind the change, Commissioner Mark Liotta said, “I just find it extremely frustrating to call my government and be met with a recording and computerized options to direct my call, and eventually being put on hold, sent to a voice mailbox, or my call being dropped.” Liotta continued, “I want to talk my issue…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Report Revisits 24-Hour Coverage and Integration with California Workers’ Comp

Oakland, CA – As public policymakers continue to debate the future of healthcare coverage in the U.S., including efforts by the Trump Administration and Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and a proposal in California (AB 562) calling for the state to adopt a single-payer, “Medicare-for-All” system, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has released a white paper that examines the issues, opportunities, and unresolved problems surrounding the integration of…[Continue Reading]

NV Insurance Commissioner Approves Filings for Moderate Workers’ Comp Loss-Cost, Assigned-Risk Rate Changes

Carson City, NV – Commissioner Barbara D. Richardson recently approved two filings from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (“NCCI”). Compared to previous years, these filings are different as one of them will take effect March 1, 2018 while the other will take effect on March 15, 2018. An average decrease of 2.3 percent for Nevada workers’ compensation voluntary insurance loss costs and an average increase of 0.2 percent for Nevada workers’ compensation assigned-risk rates will take…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Accepting Comment on New Rules Regarding Telemedicine Delivery

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) is accepting public comments on proposed new 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §133.30. New §133.30 expands access to telemedicine services in the Texas workers’ compensation system by allowing health care providers to bill and be reimbursed for telemedicine services regardless of where the injured employee is located at the time the services are delivered. Health care providers must follow…[Continue Reading]

MT Insurance Commissioner Rosendale Approves Decrease in Work Comp Loss Costs

Helena, MT – Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale has approved a nearly 11 percent reduction in Montana workers compensation loss costs. The 10.7 percent overall average decrease was filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) and will take effect on July 1, 2018. “This is fantastic news for Montana’s businesses, from small mom and pop shops to large companies,” Rosendale said. “This is the biggest decrease we’ve seen in seven years, following the bipartisan reforms I helped…[Continue Reading]

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