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Cost Savings in California Workers’ Comp Reform May Fall Short

California’s sweeping workers’ compensation reform is working for the most part, but some of the savings may not materialize thanks to pressure on the system, according to Dave Bellusci, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief actuary at the …

N.H. Gov.: Businesses Need Relief From Rising Workers’ Comp Costs

New Hampshire’s businesses need relief from rising workers’ compensation costs and more access to capital investment partners. That’s the message from New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan who urged lawmakers in her State of the State address on Feb. 6 to …

Interesting but Quiet Year for California Lawmakers on Workers’ Comp

After the behemoth workers’ compensation reform law passed in 2012, state lawmakers this year enacted only a handful of measures that may affect or relate to workers’ compensation. Bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown included laws on pharmaceutical compounding, preventing …

Baker: California’s Workers’ Comp Reform Showing Signs of Progress

Ten months after “historic reforms” were made to California’s workers’ compensation system there is evidence that the changes are taking hold, however bad actors continue to find ways to game the system, said Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker. …

Oklahoma Governor Signs Workers’ Compensation Overhaul

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on May 6 signed a measure to overhaul the state’s workers’ compensation system, one that was backed by Republican lawmakers, the state’s top insurance regulator and insurance trade groups. Senate Bill 1062 changes Oklahoma’s current court-based …

Trade Group Urges Indiana Governor to Sign Work Comp Bill

The Indiana General Assembly ended a very productive 2013 legislative session early in the morning on April 27 having passed workers’ compensation reform, legislation permitting the use of electronic devices to show evidence of insurance as well as positive uninsured …

Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Reform Legislation Advances

Legislation that would reform Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system has passed the House and Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak says that’s a good thing. Applauding the leadership of House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman on …

Oklahoma Independent Agents Express Support for Work Comp Bill

Leadership at a statewide association of independent agents in Oklahoma has issued statements publicly supporting workers’ compensation system reform legislation. Dan Ramsey, president and CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma, said the statements are in response to communication …

Oklahoma Agents Group on Workers’ Comp Reform: Wait-and-See

Workers’ compensation reform is certain to be an issue during the 2013 legislative session in Oklahoma and it is a major concern for the state’s independent insurance agents. The board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma, however, is taking …

DIR Gets Ball Rolling on California Workers’ Comp Reform

The Department of Industrial Relations on Friday announced its new regulations implementing provisions of California’s workers’ compensation reform law. The law, Senate Bill 863, will take effect in several stages, and DIR was tasked with forming regulations to give the …