Privacy, Apportionment, Dynamex Bills Clear Houses of Origin

Bills had until the end of May to clear their house of origin to remain alive and nearly a dozen measures impacting workers’ comp in particular and the insurance industry at large remain viable. Nearly all of the bills are expected to undergo additional amendments and refinements as they make their way through the legislative … Read More »

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Presumptions, Privacy and Firefighter Bills Up For Hearings

The legislative machine is coming to life, and several workers’ comp bills are up for early hearings. Most important for the workers’ comp community is the hearing about the bill to create an exemption from the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) for the insurance industry. A fix is still in the works for … Read More »

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Privacy, Worker Classifications And Presumptions Top 
The Legislative Agenda

The annual bill introduction period is behind us and among the 2,600+ bills introduced are proposals to exempt the workers’ comp system from new consumer privacy rules; expand, constrain and/or in one case carve out exceptions to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex; and numerous presumption measures. Efforts are also underway to expand coverage for … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Fate In Governor’s Hands

The California Legislature wrapped up its work for the year, and now it is up to Gov. Jerry Brown to determine the fate of the few workers’ comp bills that advanced to his desk. The bills cover a number of topics including apportionment, permanent disability, anti-fraud and the state’s $120 million return-to-work fund. These measures … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills End Game

The California Legislature is entering the final stage of its two-year session, and a couple of handfuls of bills of interest to the workers’ comp community are still pending. Legislators return from summer recess on August 6th to take up these measures. All bills have to be passed by the end of August. Here is … Read More »

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Opioid Crisis – Access to Patient Data

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization. Per its charter, Shatterproof is, “…dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families”. Its work goes beyond the specific issues surrounding opioids to a much larger agenda to fundamentally change the way in which addiction is viewed by the medical community, policymakers, and society in general. Certainly, part of … Read More »

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High Tech Response To Opioids

Health care information technology is a rapidly growing industry that holds great promise to improve the delivery of medical treatment both immediately and in the foreseeable future. Included in that promise is new and better ways to combat the opioid public health crisis. This year, Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) introduced Assembly Bill 1751. This … Read More »

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