ID - Idaho State Fund Has New CEO
Rick Ferguson is the new manager and chief executive officer of the Idaho State Insurance Fund, according to the latest newsletter from the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds.
Ferguson has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, according to AASCIF, including 17 years as head of the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program.
His experience with ICRMP, as well as private sector experience with Aetna and Travelers, gives Ferguson a deep understanding of the state’s insurance requirements and culture, the association said.
NY - Woman Must Repay $2,400 After Cashing Deceased Mom's WC Checks
A Rochester woman must repay $2,400 in workers' compensation benefits after she forged her deceased mom's signature on checks and kept the money for herself, New York authorities said.
Devon Lloyd-Fountain, 45, was sentenced to three years' probation and full restitution. She pleaded guilty to petit larceny in defrauding the workers' compensation system, the New York State Inspector General's Office said in a statement.
An investigation by the office found that Lloyd-Fountain cashed eight benefits checks mailed to her mother, after her mother died in 2015. The woman ...
CA - City Councilman on Probation for Failure to Provide Comp Insurance
A member of the El Cajon City Council who is running for re-election is serving probation after being convicted in 2015 of failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance for employees, and violating a stop-work order, the online edition of East County Magazine reported.
Bessmon “Ben” Kalasho
Bessmon “Ben” Kalasho will remain on probation until Oct. 1, the news service reported. He has pulled paperwork to run for re-election in November.
The news service said San Diego County Superior Court records show that Kalasho pleaded guilty to both charges on O...
NATL. - Virgin Islands' Workers' Comp $12 Million Behind on Medical Bills
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Budget cuts and staffing shortfalls have left the Virgin Islands Department of Labor owing more than $12 million to workers' compensation medical providers, department officials told legislative panel this week.
Even if the department had more staff, it still does not have the money to settle its payables, commissioner nominee Averil George said. The workers’ compensation premiums that companies pay the department have not kept pace with benefits costs, according to a report in the St. John Source news site.
Legislator Kurt Vialet (D-STX) said until statutes are ame...
CA - Tribe Amends Work Comp Provisions in Gaming Compact
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The Karuk Tribe signed an amended gaming compact with California Gov. Jerry Brown that updated the workers’ compensation requirements for employees at the Rain Rock Casino in Yreka, according to a report by the Times-Standard.
The amended compact requires the tribe to consent to the jurisdiction of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Alternatively, the tribe could create its own workers’ compensation system providing similar coverage.
Any comp system the tribe creates would have to provide up to $10,000 of medical treatment for an alleged injury until the claim is acce...