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CWCI Bulletin IDs Bills of Interest Enacted in 2023

10/17/2023
including work comp insurance. AB 1228 increasing to 20 an hour the minimum wage for fast food workers at chains with more than 60 locations nationwide starting in April 2024. The bill also creates a council to oversee future wage mandates and workplace regulations for the fast food industry. SB

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Newsom Signs Contractor, PTSD Bills; Vetoes Presumptions, TD Extension for Treatment Disputes

10/11/2023
time the governor vetoed a bill that would have excluded time spent resolving medical treatment disputes from the aggregate cap on temporary disability benefits. He also vetoed proposed presumptions for nurses state game wardens and park rangers and boating safety officers in San Diego. Newsom on

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DaisyBill: Folsom Address on IBR Request Forms Doesn't Accept Mail

09/15/2023
Providers need to send requests for independent bill review to an address on the California Division of Workers Compensation website and not the address on the IBR request form according to a blog post by e-billing provider daisyBill. At the same time DaisyBill noted that the IBR filing fee

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First Responder Benefit Bills Heading to Governor

09/15/2023
. The bill would add state game wardens and park rangers to the list of workers eligible for the presumption that skin cancer arose out of employment. The Assembly passed the amended bill 80-0 on Tuesday. The Assembly on Wednesday voted 80-0 to concur in amendments to AB 621. The bill by

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Bill to Extend TD for Medical Dispute Resolution Heads to Governor

09/14/2023
California lawmakers voted to send Gov. Gavin Newsom a bill that would create a three-year period during which temporary disability paid while an injured worker successfully challenges a utilization review denial would not count toward the aggregate cap on benefits. Lawmakers on Tuesday also

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Lawmakers Pass TD Duration, Presumption Bills

09/13/2023
30-9 to pass AB 1213 by Assemblymember Liz Ortega D-Hayward which addresses how time spent appealing utilization review decisions applies to the 104-week cap on TD benefits. As introduced the bill would have excluded the time spent successfully appealing a UR decision from the cap on benefits

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Amended Bill Would Cap TD Extension at 90 Days for Successful IMR Challenge

09/06/2023
An amended bill that would extend the duration of temporary disability benefits by up to 90 days when an injured worker successfully challenges a denial of requested medical treatment was among measures fiscal committees in both chambers of Californias Legislature passed last week. Senate and

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Bill to Mandate In-State Licensing for UR Docs Sent to 'Inactive File'

08/30/2023
A California lawmaker moved to the Assemblys inactive file a bill that would require some doctors performing utilization review to be licensed in the state. Assembly Majority Leader Isaac Bryan D-Los Angeles on Monday requested that SB 636 be placed on the chambers inactive file. The bill

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Amendment Removes Psychologists From UR Licensing Requirement

08/28/2023
A California lawmaker recently amended a bill to remove a provision that aimed to ensure that psychologists conducting utilization review for employees of private businesses are licensed in California. Sen. Dave Cortese D-Campbell on Thursday amended SB 636 which as introduced would have

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DWC: Providers Can Disregard Coupa Solicitation in Maximus Emails

08/28/2023
The California Division of Workers' Compensation said providers should disregard an email from Maximus Federal Services saying that failure to enroll in a procurement portal could impact their ability to do business with the independent bill review and independent medical review vendor. The

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