Update on Recently-enacted Workers’ Comp Reform

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, July 23, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On July 19, 2004 the Workers’ Compensation Action Network (WCAN) updated CMTA and other coalition members on the status of the recently enacted workers’ compensation reform. The California Applicants' Attorneys Association has launched what they are calling a "SB 899 House of Horrors" campaign to undo some of the harm to injured workers they claim has been caused by workers' comp reforms. They are highlighting stories about injured workers, holding rallies and may challenge the interpretation and implementation of certain reforms. The "California Injured Workers Coalition" will begin televising programs about the harm to injured workers they say has been caused by the recent legislation. In the meantime, the American Insurance Association says workers’ compensation insurance rates have dropped an average of nearly 14 percent this year. Further reductions may be forthcoming as regulations implementing reforms to curb disability and health care cost drivers go into effect January 1, 2005.
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