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Longshore Final Rule Defining Minimum and Maximum Compensation Filed

By | 2018-04-19T18:42:57+00:00 April 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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NAMPSAP: CMS has Institutionalized Opioid Abuse

By | 2018-04-19T18:19:06+00:00 April 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 February 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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President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget: Part I

By | 2018-02-14T18:50:03+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , , , |

President Trump's FY 2019 Budget would mandate $22 billion UI Tax/Solvency Increases and Create a New National Paid Parental Leave Program Through the UI system UI Tax Increase and Federal Solvency Requirement The President’s FY 2019 Budget proposes  to mandate that employers with employment in states with low balances in their state UI trust fund accounts [...]

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UWC submits Comments on US DOL Survey of Alternative Financing

By | 2018-02-12T22:11:56+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: |

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the collection of data to support an analysis of alternative strategies for UI deficit financing. The issue of UI trust fund solvency is one that UWC and the National Foundation for Unemployment Compensation and Workers’ Compensation has tracked closely over the decades and through multiple recessionary periods. State [...]

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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Summary

By | 2018-02-12T21:24:37+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included new language specifically authorizing grants to states to administer an expanded RESEA program for claimants identified for services through the profiling system. The increased authority was developed through discussions with state workforce agencies, US DOL and UWC.  The new program increases the focus of the UI program on integrity [...]

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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Repeals Expanded Medicaid Priority

By | 2018-02-12T19:50:28+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Tags: , |

President Trump Signs the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 on February 9, 2018 The Act includes a repeal of language that would have expanded the authority of Medicaid State plans to seek recovery for items and services covered under Medicaid from third party payments even when the third party payments were not related to the items [...]

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New Family and Medical Leave Credit for Employers Becomes Law

By | 2018-01-29T20:04:40+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , |

On December 22, 2017 President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1). The new act includes an employer credit for paid family leave.  This provision was developed by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) to provide employers with a tax credit to encourage them to offer paid family leave. UWC provided some technical assistance in [...]

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US DOL Taking First Steps to Evaluate State Use of Alternative Financing to Repay UI Title XII Loans

By | 2017-12-15T02:48:30+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

On December 11, 2017 the US Department of Labor released for comment a proposal for authority to review the use of alternative financing of the repayment of federal UI loans. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-11/pdf/2017-26668.pdf  This is the first step for US DOL to become educated about the use of alternative financing. Because a significant number of states have opted to [...]

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