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CMTA Joins Legislators in Urging Bipartisan Support for Work Comp Reform

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 10, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On July 9, 2003, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association joined members of the Assembly Republican Caucus, as well as other business advocates in support of AB 1579, which would provide significant workers’ compensation reform to the current defunct system.

California has some of the highest workers’ compensation rates in the nation, yet provides some of the lowest benefits to injured employees. It is a system that needs complete overhaul immediately. It is imperative that the legislature take the necessary steps in providing relief to businesses.

“Now is the time to act, let’s not procrastinate, let’s get this done and take care of California’s workers through the reforms that are in AB 1579”, noted Jack M. Stewart, President of CMTA.

Assemblymember Keith Richman (R-Northridge) echoed similar comments. “Workers’ compensation premiums are killing jobs in California, therefore we must work to solve the problem and cut out the middle-man in the system.”

According to Assemblymember Richman, AB 1579 will address four fundamental problems that are plaguing the current system:

1. Sky-rocketing medical costs
2. Legal costs
3. Administrative costs
4.Fraud

By doing this, “we will begin to enact the comprehensive reform needed to provide some stability to the worker’s compensation system”, concluded Stewart.

AB 1579 now goes to a conference committee, along with other proposed workers’ compensation legislation.
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