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House Goes Own Way on Comp Reform as Budget Impasse Continues 05/01/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: IL | Segment: Top | 995 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is still insisting on shaving workers' comp costs, but as Illinois nears the end of its second fiscal year without a budget House Democrats have passed their own versions of reform, which observers expect will never make into law. ...Read More

House Approves Bill to Abolish WC Appeals Commission 04/28/2017
State: AK | Segment: WEST | 643 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A bill that would abolish the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Appeals Commission is now in the state Senate after winning unanimous approval by the House of Representatives this week. ...Read More

HB 7085 Passes House, Reaches Senate 04/21/2017
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 819 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A bill to bring Florida workers' compensation law into compliance with two state Supreme Court decisions was transmitted to the Senate Thursday after passing the House 82-37 the day before. ...Read More

HHS Announces $485M in State Grants to Fight Opioid Addiction 04/21/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 639 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the agency will soon dispense the first round of grants authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act to fight opioid addiction. ...Read More

House Votes to Approve Bill Reducing Ombudsman Experience Requirements 04/17/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 413 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A bill that would remove a requirement that ombudsmen in the Texas Office of Injured Employee Counsel have at least one year of workers’ compensation experience is now in the state Senate after passing the House of Representatives last week. ...Read More

House Passes Bill to Appropriate $2.4 Million to Cover State Comp Costs 04/14/2017
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 457 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Hawaii House of Representatives passed a bill that would appropriate an additional $2.4 million for the Department of Human Resources Development to cover workers’ compensation costs for the current fiscal year. ...Read More

House Committee OKs Bill Modifying Provisions on Death Benefits, Compromise Settlements 04/12/2017
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 346 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Missouri House Special Committee on Employment Security has voted to pass a bill setting the order in which fallen first responders' family members can collect $25,000 in workers' compensation death benefits.  ...Read More

House Passes Bill Requiring Licensing Boards to Create Opioid-Prescribing Guidelines 04/12/2017
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 331 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill that would require medical professional licensing boards to develop and distribute guidelines or recommendations for prescribing opioids. ...Read More

House Approves Chaperone Bill 04/12/2017
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 345 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Hawaii House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow injured workers to bring a chaperone to medical appointments and record conversations with providers conducting exams ordered by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. ...Read More

House Finance Committee OKs Bill Allowing Chaperones at IMEs 04/10/2017
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 361 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Hawaii's House Finance Committee has recommended the chamber pass a bill allowing employees to have a chaperone present during their employer-ordered medical examinations.  ...Read More
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