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CMS Plans to Propose “Guidance” for future medical under Workers’ Compensation

By |2018-12-14T00:13:46+00:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Tags: , |

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2019 regulatory agenda including a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for a rule that would provide guidance for Medicare beneficiaries with respect to health care choices and Medicare Secondary Payer. The text of the notice  is provided below with Notice of Proposed Rulemaking projected for September 2019. [...]

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FUTA Tax in California Going Down to 0.6% – Virgin Islands FUTA goes up again

By |2018-11-15T03:46:55+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , |

Yes, it is official!! After years of recovery from the 2008 recession and constantly increasing FUTA taxes due from employers in California, the state has finally met the key condition needed to avoid FUTA credit reductions: no outstanding Title XII loans.  On November 10th , USDOL published the official notice. See also the spreadsheet "Final 2018 Federal Unemployment [...]

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USDOL Publishes Proposed New UI Drug Testing Regulations for Comment

By |2018-11-05T21:52:31+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , , |

On November 5, 2018 the US Department of Labor published new UI Drug Testing Regulations for Comment. Comments may be submitted in response to the regulations by January 4, 2019. See the link above for instructions. New Interpretation Regulations  In this NPRM, the Department now proposes a substantially different and more flexible approach to the statutory [...]

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UWC Opposes HR 6545

By |2018-09-24T16:36:18+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

UWC Opposes Proposal to pay Unemployment Compensation to Individuals Who Quit for Reasons Not Connected to Work HR 6545 sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) addresses a long list of issues associated with the Violence Against Women Act. Unfortunately, the bill includes a provision in Section 702 that significantly amends the requirements of state UI [...]

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Support for Legislation to Improve Administration of Medicare with Workers’ Compensation Grows

By |2018-07-27T21:23:55+00:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

The coalition supporting legislation to improve administration of Medicare with Workers’ Compensation (S 3079) which was introduced in the Senate on June 18th applauds the introduction of the Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreements Act in the House by Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6619?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6619%22%5D%7D&r=1 . The proposed legislation (HR 6619) [...]

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Whitehouse Proposes to Consolidate the Departments of Labor and Education

By |2018-06-25T17:27:34+00:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

On June 21, 2018 the White House released its  “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations” See https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-Reorg-Plan.pdf The proposal seeks to organize parts of the federal government with a new alignment designed to eliminate duplication, enhance efficiency and improve service delivery. To be implemented, the proposal would require a comprehensive [...]

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Longshore Final Rule Defining Minimum and Maximum Compensation Filed

By |2018-04-19T18:42:57+00:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

On April 19, 2018 the US Department of Labor published the Final rule addressing the determination of minimum and maximum compensation under the Longshore Act. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-19/pdf/2018-08133.pdf The rule finalizes the Department’s interpretation after receiving comments, including comments from UWC. The USDOL has chosen not to change its interpretation from 2016 in deference to case law. [...]

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NAMSAP: CMS’s MSA Policy Institutionalizes Opioid Abuse

By |2018-04-24T14:10:13+00:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

In a press release the National Alliance of Medicare Set-aside Professionals  (NAMSAP) claimed that the policies of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "Institutionalized Opioid Abuse". "The Medicare Set-Aside program of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “encourages, intensifies and effectively orders long-term opioid use and abuse by Medicare beneficiaries. While the rest [...]

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UWC Asks Congress to Follow Workers’ Comp Opioid Reforms

By |2018-03-21T20:32:46+00:00March 15th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

In a letter to the Committee on Ways and Means of the US House of Representatives, UWC requested that the committee take note of state efforts to address opioid overuse among injured employees through a number of initiatives such as evidence-based treatment guidelines, closed formularies and system monitoring. UWC further recommended that the committee consider measures [...]

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President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Summary: Part II

By |2018-02-14T16:26:46+00:00February 14th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

President Trump's FY 2019 Budget would eliminate workers' compensation reverse offsets and reform the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) Eliminate Workers’ Compensation Reverse Offset The budget proposes the elimination of the Workers’ Compensation Reverse Offset against Social Security, estimating a savings over the ten years ending FY 2028 of $207 million. This proposal has been an [...]

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