Workers Compensation News

California Governor Signs Order to Tackle Drug Prices in First Act

Hours into his new job, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Monday that could dramatically reshape the way prescription drugs are paid for and acquired in the most populous U.S. state. The order, along with another naming …

Louisiana Governor: Tariffs Stifling State’s Ag, Petrochemical Industries

Even as he touted Louisiana’s economic picture, Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Dec. 20 that President Donald Trump’s tariffs are causing “pain” for agricultural and petrochemical industries and stifling the state’s growth. The Democratic governor typically refrains from criticizing …

Wyoming Workplace Deaths Fall to Lowest Level Since 2009

The number of workplace deaths in Wyoming last year fell to the state’s lowest level since 2009. The Casper Star-Tribune reported the state Research and Planning Department released a report Tuesday showing that 20 people died while on the job …

Worker in Arkansas Electrocuted at Pine Bluff Plant

Authorities say a worker in Pine Bluff, Ark. has died after he was electrocuted at a cottonseed oil plant. Pine Bluff police say the employee was changing switches in an electrical cage at Planters Cotton Oil Mill on Monday when …

Ambulatory Centers’ Surgery Costs Below Hospitals’, Workers’ Comp Research Finds

There is new evidence that ambulatory surgery centers are less expensive for certain surgeries than hospitals. Payments for similar knee and shoulder surgeries performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) were lower compared with hospital outpatient departments in 14 of 18 …

Nevada-Based Employers Holdings Reports $47.6M in Earnings

Employers Holdings Inc. reported third-quarter earnings of $47.6 million. The Reno, Nevada-based company said it had profit of $1.43 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 98 cents per share. The provider of workers-compensation insurance posted revenue of …

Why Hospitals Charge Auto Insurance, Workers’ Compensation Patients Much More Than Health Insurers

Insurer market power matters in hospital pricing. Patients with automobile, workers’ compensation, and other non-conventional commercial insurance plans paid much higher prices than patients with HMO/PPO health insurance coverage for hospital services in Florida, new research confirms. A new Johns …

California Governor Signs Bill to Provide Workers’ Comp to Peace Officers Injured out of State

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law peace officers can file a claim for workers’ compensation if injured or killed while in the line of duty while out of state. Brown signed Assembly Bill 1749 into law. …

Washington Employers May See Big Drop in 2019 Workers’ Comp Rates

The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington could drop significantly in 2019. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries this week proposed a 5 percent decrease in the average premium employers pay for the coverage. If approved, the rate …

Oregon SAIF Declares Dividends as Workers’ Comp Costs Decrease

The board of directors of the SAIF, the not-for-profit company providing workers’ comp insurance in Oregon, declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF’s policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to …