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Committees Give Thumbs-Up to Three Presumption Bills

08/12/2020
One day after the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau said the cost of COVID-19 claims alone could necessitate a 4 increase in the 2021 advisory pure premium rate California lawmakers passed three different bills that would create presumptions that the disease is compensable. The

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Amended Bill Would Provide CIGA Coverage for Out-of-State Injuries

07/31/2020
bills is Aug. 15. As of Thursday the committee had not scheduled a hearing on either of the bills. Because AB 3012 was amended after the Assembly voted 72-0 to pass the measure in June it would have to return to the lower chamber for concurrence in Thursdays changes before it could be sent to the

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Fiscal Committee Schedules Hearing on Presumption Bill

06/12/2020
workers. Sen. Jerry Hill The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted 7-0 to place SB 1159 by Sen. Jerry Hill D-San Mateo on its suspense file. Generally bills with projected costs of 50000 or more to the general fund or 150000 or more to a special fund are sent to the suspense

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Acceptance of Liability for Injury to Upper Extremities Includes Thoracic Condition Affecting Arms

06/09/2020
software company called Autodesk. Perani has been unemployed since being laid off by Autodesk. In 2009 Perani submitted medical bills for the treatment of his TOS to an adjuster for Islands carrier. The carrier denied payment and liability for the TOS. Dr. Robert Ansell was appointed as a qualified

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CalMatters: Roughly 1 in 5 COVID Claims Denied

06/05/2020
Senate Committee on Labor Public Employment and Retirement has not scheduled a hearing on two other bills proposing conclusive presumptions. The Senate committee which is chaired by Hill voted 3-1 to pass SB 1159 on May 14. The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on

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DWC: Recommendations From 2019 Audit on QMEs Delayed

05/28/2020
fee schedule at least every two years based on inflation. Assembly Bill 1832 by Assemblyman Rudy Salas D-Bakersfield would likely have sufficed but the bill died in committee in January. Other remaining non-COVID bills are also not likely to survive during the Legislatures truncated session

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CWCI Study Suggests System Working Properly for Early COVID Claims

05/22/2020
the workers compensation system. Two bills before lawmakers AB 664 by Assemblyman Jim Cooper D-Elk Grove and AB 196 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez D-San Diego would create conclusive presumptions that COVID-19 is a compensable condition. Neither bill has been scheduled for a hearing

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Three of Four Presumption Bills Make CalChamber's 'Job Killer' List

05/21/2020
Three of the four bills that would create a presumption that COVID-19 is compensable as an occupational condition made the California Chamber of Commerces annual job killer list. The association says the presumption measures along with the other bills on its list threaten the states

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Focus on COVID Could Leave Little Room for Comp During Shortened Session

05/12/2020
With members of the California Senate returned to Sacramento Monday and joining their counterparts in the Assembly who reconvened last week observers predict most workers' compensation bills will get passed over as legislators rush to soften the blow of the coronavirus pandemic and approve a new

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Employers, Carriers Could Bear Cost of Newsom's COVID-19 Order, but Questions Remain

05/08/2020
flexibility than it would have if the presumption were enacted through statute Duff said. There are currently two bills before state lawmakers that would create conclusive presumptions for specified workers who contract COVID-19 and two bills that would create rebuttable presumptions. Duff said the

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