workers’ compensation News

How States Rank, High to Low, in Workers’ Compensation Premiums

A list of state rankings for workers’ compensation premiums shows a slight drop in premiums in the last two years, and that a number of states are close in terms of how much employers are paying. The list put out …

California Costliest State for Workers’ Comp, Report Shows

A state-by-state ranking of workers’ compensation premiums, one that states reportedly use as a motivational call to improve their systems, seems to call for more reform of California’s recently reformed system. Despite major workers’ comp reforms signed into law in …

Study: Formulary Could Save California Workers’ Comp $124M-$420M

Adopting a state-mandated workers’ compensation prescription drug formulary similar to systems in place in Texas and Washington could reduce California workers’ comp pharmacy payments by between $124 million and $420 million per year, a California Workers’ Compensation Institute study shows. …

Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation on Industry’s Watch List

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles on the the marijuana insurance industry. Upcoming stories will include reports on potential changes to federal laws, and regional reports on how medical marijuana is impacting insurance in states …

NCCI Proposes Workers’ Comp Loss Cost Decrease in Connecticut

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently proposed an overall average change in voluntary loss cost level of -0.6 percent in Connecticut. Key components for the proposed change include -0.4 percent for experience and trend, -0.2 percent for benefits, …

N.H. Workers’ Comp Commission Holds Its 1st Meeting

New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny last Friday chaired the first meeting of the Commission to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs. The commission was created by Gov. Maggie Hassan earlier this month in response to the insurance …

Police: Fired Oklahoma Man Beheads Co-Worker, Attacks Another

A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives on Sept. 27. Alton …

Ohio BWC Board Approves Additional $1B Rebate to Employers

Ohio employers will receive another $1 billion rebate and workers will benefit from a major new investment in worker safety research and training, according to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The BWC’s board has approved “Another Billion Back,” …

Private Sector Employment Records Set in Louisiana in August

Louisiana’s private sector employers continued adding jobs and setting state employment records in August, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in seasonally adjusted data, the Louisiana Workforce Commission announced. Total nonfarm employment grew by 30,100 from a year ago …

Maryland Officer Charged in Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

A Montgomery County, Maryland, police officer has been charged with perjury and workers’ compensation fraud. Gilbert Payne was charged Tuesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The 40-year-old Payne didn’t respond to a message seeking comment at his home Tuesday. Maryland’s …