Company given $50,000 penalty for ethics violations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A company with a long-running contract to manage Kentucky's workers' compensation claims has been assessed a $50,000 penalty by the state's Executive Branch Ethics...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is suing a company that managed prescription benefits for the state Bureau of Workers' Compensation, seeking to recover nearly $16 million in alleged overcharges for the...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A labor appeals board was wrong to determine that workers' compensation insurance can't reimburse an employee for the cost of medical marijuana, according to a New Hampshire...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A sitting North Carolina legislator has been nominated by Gov. Roy Cooper to serve on the state Industrial Commission.
Cooper told legislators this week of his choice of...
Trooper files harassment lawsuit against Oregon State Police
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 20-year state trooper is suing Oregon State Police, alleging his supervisor harassed and retaliated against him for taking medical leave and filing workers' compensation...
Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway may sell an insurance unit
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate may take the unusual step of selling one of its insurance companies.
Ohio worker’s comp agency to switch painkiller for injured
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio agency says it will replace a painkiller widely blamed for the nation's opioid abuse crisis on its list of approved drugs for injured workers.
Kodiak chiropractor withdrawn from state board after arrest
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Kodiak chiropractor charged with three felonies has been withdrawn from consideration for a state board.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy in January nominated 45-year-old Christopher Twiford for a seat on the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board.
Twiford was arraigned Tuesday in Kodiak on three counts of felony assault. He's also charged with misdemeanor assault and possession of a weapon while intoxicated. He did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.
Kodiak police arrest chiropractor appointed to state board
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A Kodiak chiropractor appointed last month to the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board by Gov. Mike Dunleavy has been charged with multiple felonies.
Christopher Twiford, 45, was arraigned Tuesday on three counts of felony assault, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported . He's also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and possession of a weapon while intoxicated.
State’s costs in gay discrimination lawsuit reaches $1.2M
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state's bill for defending a lawsuit against a former official who claims he was discriminated against because he's gay has surpassed $1.27 million.
Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson updated the Iowa Executive Council on Monday in response to a request by Auditor Rob Sand. The council, which includes the governor and other state elected officials, approves state litigation expenses.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign paid $1,500 fine to NY state
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been fined $1,500 for not having the required workers' compensation for a month last year.
A spokeswoman for the New York state Workers' Compensation Board, Melissa Stewart, said Friday that Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic campaign lacked coverage from March 31 to April 30.
She says the fine, first reported by the New York Daily News, has been paid.
Mayor orders audit of fund controlled by embattled alderman
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an outside audit of a $100 million-per-year workers' compensation fund that was controlled by a longtime City County member accused of trying to shake down the owners of a major chain of fast-food franchises.
The move marked the latest fallout from the case against Alderman Ed Burke, who was charged last week with attempted extortion.
93 Stamford educators file claims over mold-related ailments
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 90 educators in a Connecticut school district have filed workers' compensation claims over mold-related ailments.
Los Angeles chiropractor pleads guilty in $150M fraud scheme
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles chiropractor has pleaded guilty to taking part in a $150 million workers' compensation fraud scheme.
Paul Turley of Granada Hills pleaded Monday to conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, mayhem, insurance fraud and unlawful patient referral
Ruling: Injury compensation not tied to risky circumstances
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico court ruling says a worker is entitled to compensation for a trip-and-fall injury suffered at work even though the accident wasn't linked to any particularly risky circumstances related to his job.
Lower Indiana workers’ compensation rates take effect Jan. 1
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Insurance says lower workers' compensation rates paid by businesses will take effect Jan. 1.
The agency said Wednesday the recently approved reduction averages 7.6 percent and will save businesses about $63 million.
Maine employers to get largest workers comp dividend
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A workers' compensation insurer in Maine says more than 17,000 employers in the state will receive a record of $22 million in dividends this November.
The dividends are from The MEMIC Group, which says it's the largest dividend in its 25-year history. The group's board of directors authorized the dividend in late September.
- Idaho State JournalIdaho first responders will now be able to file workers' compensation to help with PTSDMarch 13, 2019
- Norfolk Daily NewsCourt of appeals takes up workman's comp case involving deputy killed in crashJanuary 28, 2019
- Cleveland.comOhio AG candidate Steve Dettelbach proposes more money, support for police and crime victimsJuly 20, 2018
Iowa governor defends trip on vendor’s plane to bowl game
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds dismissed criticism Thursday of her decision to travel to Iowa State's bowl game for free on a plane owned by a longtime and controversial state vendor.
The Latest: Governor defends trip to game on vendor’s plane
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Kim Reynolds' trip to the Liberty Bowl last December (all times local):
Gov. Kim Reynolds is defending her decision to travel to Iowa State's bowl game for free on a plane owned by a company that is a longtime and controversial state vendor.
Reynolds told reporters Thursday that she saw nothing wrong with her flight on the plane owned by Sedgwick, which administers claims for workers' compensation benefits filed by injured state employees.
APNewsBreak: Iowa governor flew to game on vendor’s plane
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds received approval from an ethics regulator to fly with her family to Iowa State's bowl game free of charge on the jet of a state vendor, despite a law barring public officials and their relatives from accepting gifts, a review by The Associated Press shows.
California justices limit lawsuits over job injury treatment
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Thursday sided with employers in a fight over the right of workers to sue over treatment for injuries that occur on the job.
Workers receiving medical care through the workers' compensation insurance of their employer generally cannot sue a doctor who decides whether treatment is needed, the court said in a unanimous decision.
Texas firefighters with cancer often denied workers’ comp
HOUSTON (AP) — Many Texas cities are denying workers' compensation to firefighters with cancer, according to union leaders and state lawmakers.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Court of Appeals has struck down as unconstitutional a 2013 change in the state's workers' compensation law.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a three-judge panel ruled Friday that the change approved by the Legislature in 2013 too severely limits an injured worker's right to obtain a legal remedy for an injury.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's Office is eliminating its Division of Employment Programs and Workers' Compensation Defense, resulting in the loss of 10 jobs.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper wants a longtime state judge to serve on the North Carolina Industrial Commission after the General Assembly rejected a previous nominee.
Cooper announced Friday that Judge Robby Hassell of Greensboro is his choice for the six-member panel that determines workers' compensation awards for injured workers and handles certain claims against the state.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has tapped former Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, a fellow Democrat, to fill a vacancy on Connecticut's Workers' Compensation Commission.
Segarra served as mayor of the capital city from 2010 until 2015, when he lost re-election. Segarra has worked since 2016 at the law firm of Shimkus, Murphy and Rosenberg in Hartford. The firm specializes in real estate, zoning, probate and estate administration, personal injury, criminal and other matters.
DENVER (AP) — The state of Colorado is denying half the workers' compensation death benefits to a woman whose husband died while working on a ski lift because he had marijuana in his system.
KMGH-TV reports Erika Lee's husband, Adam Lee, was crushed to death in December underneath a ski escalator in Loveland.
NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers for car services and ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft are usually on their own when it comes to buying health insurance, but starting Sunday in New York they will now be able to get coverage for vision care as well as phone or video appointments with doctors, industry representatives announced.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Bureau of Workers' Compensation will fund $8 million in safety grants for Ohio schools and police.
Bureau Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison said Thursday the expansion of the safety grant program is part of a two-year, $44 million investment in safety in the wake of the agency's $1.5 billion rebate program.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Beverly Hills doctor has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a massive fraud scheme.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Dr. Ronald Grusd was convicted in December of 39 charges, including conspiracy, honest services wire and mail fraud and health care fraud.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A veteran lobbyist says his multiple cash payments to a high-ranking state official were loans between friends and not bribes meant to maintain a lucrative state contract for his corporate client.
James Sullivan is on trial this week accused of bribing former Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer to maintain an annual million-dollar contract for Cannon Cochran Management Services Inc., an Illinois-based company that administers Kentucky's workers' compensation claims.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine employers don't have to pay for medical marijuana under the state workers' compensation system because federal law supersedes state law, the state supreme court ruled Thursday.
The court concluded in a 5-2 decision that federal law takes precedence in a conflict between the federal Controlled Substances Act and the state medical marijuana law.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court says a Rhode Island woman whose husband died of carbon monoxide poisoning at a hotel is entitled to West Virginia workers' compensation benefits.
The state Workers' Compensation Board of Review had ruled Louise Moran could not receive the West Virginia benefits because she had earlier been awarded benefits in Rhode Island.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city employee isn't owed workers' compensation for an injury he suffered while smoking during a lunch break, the state appeals court ruled Tuesday.
A three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals said Larry Brooks' fall in 2015 was due to underlying medical conditions combined with his decision to smoke, not actions by his employer.
Wolf vetoes bill to adopt workers’ comp drug formulary
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is vetoing a bill that would have directed prescription drugs to be ordered off a formulary under Pennsylvania's workers' compensation program.
Wolf, a Democrat, said in a statement Friday that the drug formulary proposal would have saved money for businesses and insurers, but wouldn't have improved health outcomes or helped fight painkiller abuse.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats want to set up a state-monitored insurance company to drive down workers' compensation insurance costs.
The House voted 62-43 Thursday on a plan that would establish an independent underwriter with a $10 million state loan. It would act as an insurance company in the market and pay back the loan.
LA police officer arrested in workers’ comp fraud case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department says one of its officers has been arrested on suspicion of workers' compensation fraud.
Officials say Officer John Bailey was taken into custody Tuesday after a felony warrant was issued for his arrest. It wasn't known Thursday if he has an attorney.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved restrictions on insurance companies writing workers' compensation policies.
The plan that passed 34-21 Tuesday is identical to one Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed last year.
Northfield man took $680,000 in disability benefits while working, feds say
Northfield man took $680,000 in disability benefits while working, feds say
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second straight year, Kentucky's Republican-led legislature passed a measure to impose abortion restrictions despite threats that the action will spark a court challenge.
The House finished work Tuesday on the bill to ban a common abortion procedure when women are at least 11 weeks into their pregnancies. The chamber voted 75-13 to send the measure to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, a staunch abortion opponent.
Arkansas’ worker compensation insurance cost to drop
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say the cost that a majority of Arkansas employers pay for workers' compensation insurance is dropping because of a decrease in the number of work-related injuries over the past two years.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers are closing in on making the biggest changes to the workers' compensation system in decades after the Senate passed the measure on Thursday.
The legislation — backed by business groups but opposed by organized labor groups — will return to the House, which will consider changes made by senators. If the House accepts the revised version, it will go to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — First responders being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder could soon have extended benefits under a bill passed Monday by the Florida Legislature.
The state House of Representatives voted unanimously for legislation (SB 376) to extend workers' compensation benefits for those being treated for PTSD. Currently, workers' compensation benefits only cover physical injuries.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation has begun using a new online filing system.
A news release says the TNComp system lets attorneys and self-represented litigants file without printing copies or traveling to state offices.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters, police officers and other first responders could get workers' compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.
The Senate voted unanimously for the legislation on Saturday.
Workers’ comp losses could mean savings for Maine businesses
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine businesses could save as much as $27 million this year thanks to a projected decline in workers' compensation insurance claims.
Maine Superintendent of Insurance Eric Cioppa said Tuesday he approved a 12 percent average decrease in expected workers' compensation loss costs in Maine.
Cioppa said the decrease should result in lower workers' compensation premiums on average across all industry groups.
Officials: Trolley driver paid man $2K to attack him on job
BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts trolley driver paid a man $2,000 to attack him while wearing a Halloween mask so the driver could fraudulently collect workers' compensation and disability insurance.
A Suffolk County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Thomas Lucey on charges of insurance fraud, workers' compensation fraud, misleading a police investigation and perjury.
Kentucky House votes to revamp workers’ compensation system
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House voted Wednesday to make the biggest changes to workers' compensation in decades, including putting time limits on benefits for some injured workers.
A key part of the measure would place a 15-year cap from the date of injury. It would apply to workers filing claims for permanent, partial disability because of on-the-job injuries. Currently, they are entitled to medical benefits for the duration of the disability.