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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Repeals Expanded Medicaid Priority

By |2018-02-12T19:50:28+00:00February 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 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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California and Virgin Islands only states with FUTA Offset Credit Reductions for 2017

By |2017-12-15T03:01:01+00:00December 4th, 2017|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Tags: , , , |

The U.S. Department of Labor review of state UI loan status and remaining balances has been completed for 2017 and the only states with remaining outstanding loans as of November 10th were California and the Virgin Islands. As a result of the outstanding loan balances, employers in California and the Virgin Islands will be subject to a [...]

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Harvill Recognized for Leadership in Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation Policy and Legislation

By |2017-12-15T03:02:01+00:00October 31st, 2017|Categories: Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation|

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1, 2017 – Kelly Services Vice President Matt Harvill was recognized by the national association representing business in unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation law and policy. Matt Harvill served as Chairman of UWC – Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation (UWC) for more than 13 years (2003 to 2016). He is the [...]

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2017 State Workers’ Comp. Fiscal Data Research Bulletin Available

By |2017-12-15T17:48:24+00:00October 10th, 2017|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The annual Workers’ Compensation Fiscal Data Research Bulletin showing state workers’ compensation system payments and costs from 2006 to 2015 is now available for purchase. The fiscal bulletin shows the continued  economic expansion and trend toward lower benefit cost rates. The number of covered workers in all states increased from 129.9 million in 2014 to 132.4 million for [...]

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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in Texas Due to Hurricane Harvey

By |2017-09-16T22:24:54+00:00September 16th, 2017|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program is part of the federal response to unemployment caused by the impact of Hurricane Harvey. The DUA program in Texas and other states, is administered through the state UI agency. The provisions of the program are similar to the regular Unemployment Insurance program but also apply to individuals who become [...]

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PA Supreme Court Finds Delegation to Most Recent AMA Guides Unconstitutional

By |2017-12-15T17:50:44+00:00July 27th, 2017|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Tags: |

On June 20th , the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that Section 306(a.2) violated the non -delegation doctrine and that Section 306(a.2) is unconstitutional in its entirety. The section of the PA code held to be unconstitutional provides: The degree of impairment shall be determined based upon an evaluation by a physician who is licensed in this [...]

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House Budget Resolution for FY2018 Seeks to Reduce Deficit

By |2017-07-20T02:38:35+00:00July 20th, 2017|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|

Budget Resolution May Impact SSDI and UI On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the House Budget committee released its Budget Resolution for FY 2018 and proceeded to hold a mark-up in the Budget Committee on July 19th. The proposed budget outline sets budget targets for House standing committees. The committees with primary or sequential jurisdiction for unemployment [...]

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New CMS Re-Review Option for WC MSAs Very Limited

By |2017-07-17T23:41:03+00:00July 17th, 2017|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new re-review option in the updated WCMSA User Manual on July 10, 2017. The new option is very limited. See Section 12.4 and 12.4.3  beginning on page 12-12 and continuing for the following 22 pages ending on page 12-34.https://www.cob.cms.hhs.gov/WCMSA/assets/wcmsa/userManual/WCMSAUserManual.pdf Limitations of New (Amended) Re-Review Option A [...]

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