Missouri lawmakers investigate state’s employee insurance program over surplus funds

The Missouri Legislature continues to investigate Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co., a state-backed insurance company providing coverage to public employees. The Legislature has recovered more than $163 million in surplus money from the insurance company, which was seized after regulators found that the company was, supposedly, withholding benefits. The investigation stems from events that unfolded earlier in the year, in which state regulators found that two of the company’s five board members were committed theft and fraud. Now the insurance company faces the scrutiny of state legislators, who are investigating…

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Florida court rules that illegal immigrants are eligible for worker’s compensation benefits

The Florida First District Court of Appeals has released its ruling on the case of HDV Construction Systems v. Luis Aragon. The case stems from a worker’s compensation dispute levied against HDV construction by Luis Aragon. According to the suit, Aragon fell from a roof while working, suffering from serious injuries that prevented him from working during the extent of his recovery. Normally, such a dispute would have been settled without bringing the issue to court, but one issue makes this case court-worthy: Aragon is an undocumented immigrant. Aragon was…

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Major problems in overseas insurance program costing the U.S. government millions

Problems in the infrastructure of the U.S. workers’ compensation insurance program that provides coverage to contractors in Afghanistan have cost the nation millions, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The audit, lead by Major Brad Willcockson, found that workers in the region often go uninsured as a result of nonexistent oversight in the program. According to the audit, the problems may lie in the programs administrator: Continental Insurance. The insurance company is a subsidiary of CNA Financial Corp., and was pegged by the U.S. government to provide…

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Doctors criticize California worker’s compensation fund contract

Doctors and attorneys for injured employees have targeted the largest workers’ compensation fund carriers in California over a controversial change in the provider contract that has occurred within that state. State Compensation Insurance Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides the last resort worker’s compensation insurance.  Its most recent revisions to its new contract for the medical provider network (MPN) has received significant criticism since its implementation. State Fund continues to stand by the alterations that it has made, claiming that patients will find an advantage in the changes, which…

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NFL lawsuit brings controversy to California workers’ compensation laws

A California labor law that has been drawing an extreme number of former pro football player workers’ compensation claims has been targeted by a Republican member within the California State Legislature, who seeks a complete overhaul. The leading Republican member in question, Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills), is on the Assembly Committee on Insurance, and stated that the current framework for worker’s compensation within California is “outrageous”, in that it permits former professional athletes without any real tie to the state to make long-term injury claims within it. The reason for…

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Workers’ compensation takes a step backward in California

Worker’s compensation in the state of California has been handed another notable struggle after the Fifth District Court of Appeal (DCA) in that state chose not to review the decision of the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) with regards to the June 16, 2011 case of State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) v. WCAB. This appears to be a potentially detrimental blow to the efforts of the Schwarzenegger administration to bring some health back into the permanent disability system of workers’ compensation in California. Though it is possible for the SCIF…

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