Not Quite The Dog Days

July can often be thought of as a quiet time for those who observe the workers’ compensation system in California. The Legislature rushed through Committee deadlines before going on summer … Read More »

Controversy Dooms Claims Investigation Bill

Assembly Insurance Committee chairman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) proposed a package of amendments to SB 335 that would eliminate the bill’s proposal to cut in half the time employers have to investigate claims and its proposal for a 70% increase in employer liabilities for medical care during that investigation. Author Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) said … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Bills Clear House Of Origin Before Deadline

California legislators advanced one bill that would sharply curtail the amount of time employers have to investigate workers’ comp claims and passed two others that expand the state’s presumptions that certain conditions are industrially caused. However, a third presumption measure for the healthcare sector and COVID-19 failed to clear the Senate before the June 4th … Read More »

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The Suspense is Killing Me

This time of year is always a strange one for followers of California’s sometimes chaotic and other times opaque legislative process. Specifically, May 21st is the deadline for the Senate … Read More »

Alternative MPN Bill Downgraded

Proposed legislation that threatened to undermine the curated medical provider networks that employers and insurance carriers use to keep medical costs down and fight fraud in the workers’ comp system is being downgraded. Assemblymen Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) and Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) are dropping plans – for now – to create a statewide … Read More »

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Skin Cancer Presumption Advances On A Promise

The Assembly Insurance Committee advanced a bill to extend a skin cancer presumption for fish and game wardens and park rangers. But not before receiving a promise from the bill’s author that he will wait for the results of a Commission on Health, Safety, and Workers’ Compensation study. In pushing for the Committee to advance … Read More »

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Democrat Proposal A Major Cost Driver For Employers

California employers can expect to pay more, a lot more, if a proposed bill to create a state-run wraparound medical provider network (MPN) becomes law. Experts note that employers will pay millions to develop and maintain this state-run all-encompassing network. The proposed change will drive up the cost of care by losing network discounts on … Read More »

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Rating Bureau, CIGA, CHSWC Bills Clear Initial Committee

The Assembly Insurance Committee last week passed three bills that amend the requirements for some workers’ comp reports, increase oversight of a key industry resource, and would extend the California Insurance Guarantee Association’s bond issuing authority. The bills advanced without opposition. Two of the bills are Committee bills, but Committee chair Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) … Read More »

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