Tag Archives: Workers’ Compensation

US DOL Proposed Rule Would Result in Increased Longshore Maximum Benefits

Comments due by October 26 The US Department of Labor on August 26, 2016 filed proposed rules for comment on the definition of minimum and maximum compensation rate annual adjustments. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/pdf/2016-20467.pdf The main issue in contention is that the US DOL Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs is proposing to employ the average weekly wage […]

US DOL Report on State Workers’ Compensation Supports New Federal Involvement

The US Department of Labor on October 5th released a report entitled “Does the Workers’ Compensation System Fulfill Its Obligations to Injured Workers?”. The release of the report was accompanied by statements from the Secretary of Labor, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, and the US DOL Assistant Secretary for OSHA. The report may […]

Congress Enacts Enhanced Veterans Administration Authority Impacting Workers Compensation/Insurance

On September 28, 2016, The US Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) to provide appropriation authority so that the federal government could pay its bills after September 30th. The President is expected to sign the CR. The legislation includes a number of permanent provisions including a provision that prohibits the Veterans Administration from paying for […]

House Expected to Vote on Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Legislation

Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means Committees today introduced H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, to permanently replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). The agreement builds upon H.R. 1470, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to replace the SGR […]

CMS Releases New Procedure to use Portal for Prescription Drug Valuation for WC MSAs

In a web site release on September 22nd  CMS announced plans to provide for a portal system procedure to provide valuation of prescription drugs for purposes of WCMSAs. The policy may be accessed at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coordination-of-Benefits-and-Recovery/Workers-Compensation-Medicare-Set-Aside-Arrangements/Whats-New/Downloads/Upcoming-Enhancement-WCMSAP-for-PD-Information.pdf As of October 6, 2014, portal users will be able to enter information on the new Prescription Drugs page for […]

CMS To Permit Flexibility in Section 111 SSN Reporting

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an alert posted to its web site on September 10th  released new policy effective January 5, 2015 that provides increased flexibility to employers and WC plan administrators to submit Section 111 reports to CMS. The alert responds to Section 204 of the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying […]

Senate Passage of TRIA Extension Puts Pressure on House

The US Senate today passed legislation to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act by an overwhelming bi-partisan vote of 93 -4 with 3 not voting.  The bill, S 2244, may be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s2244rs/pdf/BILLS-113s2244rs.pdf. The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014 amends the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 to extend the Terrorism […]

Obama FY 2015 Budget Includes Funding for TRIA Extension, Addresses Worker Misclassification Issues

In addition to issues related to access to workers’ compensation information by SSA, FECA Reform, and increased DBA monitoring, that I noted in my e-mail on March 7th, the budget also includes funding for an extension of TRIA in some form and increased monitoring of misclassification of workers for workers’ compensation. See the budget language […]