Why Can't I Choose My Pharmacy Under Workers' Comp?

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Sep 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Workers' compensation is not like traditional health care, and your coverage isn’t like your normal health insurance coverage.  The reason? Because under workers’ compensation your employer is paying for your treatment. For the most part, you aren’t expected to put out any money when receiving workers’ comp benefits. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Uber and Alternative Workers’ Comp Insurance

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Sep 6, 2017 11:50:24 AM

With the growing popularity of the “gig economy”, especially companies like Uber, a Transportation Network Company (TNC), questions about protecting workers have come front and center.  Most drivers for Uber are considered independent contractors which exempts them from some needed protections including workers’ comp.  But recently TNCs and insurance companies have been exploring ways to provide better protections for TNC drivers.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Vermont is Leading the Charge in First Responder Coverage

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Aug 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Mental health has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years.  Mental health coverage, even more.  But what’s got legislators really moving is mental health coverage for first responders under state workers’ comp statutes. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Mental Health Coverage for First Responders

Posted by Kellie Collier on Aug 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7-8% of the U.S. population will have PTSD at some point in their life - amounting to 8 million adults with PTSD in a given year. 

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Illinois Session Wraps Up Without Passage of Workers' Comp Reform

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Jun 5, 2017 11:36:21 AM

On the last day of May, the Illinois legislature adjourned for the 2017 session.  Although the start of the session saw a flurry of activity and optimism that the budget stalemate might end and key system reforms might be adopted, the session ended as it has the last few years, with not much to show. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Working with Workers' Comp Attorneys

Posted by Daniel Lamkin on Jun 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Caseloads are up. Court dates are getting pushed back further and further and costs per claims continue to rise. Patients are calling your firm with complaints about adjusters, pharmacies, and the entire workers’ compensation process. When a patient’s medications get denied or cut-off, your phone lines are jammed all day long. Is it possible for a pharmacy to be the solution rather than the problem?

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

What's Next For Alabama's Workers' Compensation Statute?

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on May 25, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Earlier this month, an Alabama circuit judge struck down all of the Alabama Workers' Comp statute.  So why such a dramatic ruling? Well, when ruling on the case the judge found two specific provisions from the statute unconstitutional, the cap on attorney’s fees and the $220/week cap on compensation for an injured worker and because of how Alabama’s law is structured, if a single part is unconstitutional, the entire statute fails.

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Public Hearing on California's Workers' Comp Drug Formulary

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on May 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In 2015, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 1124 which required the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) to develop and implement a drug formulary by July 1, 2017.  Since it’s signing into law on October 6, 2015, the DWC has worked on developing a California specific drug formulary and the regulations to accompany it. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

How Medical Marijuana is Impacting Workers' Compensation

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Apr 27, 2017 10:27:15 AM

As of 2017, most states in the country allow for the medical use of marijuana – 29 states to be exact.  Each state has its own system for handling medical marijuana. Some states limit the potency of the available marijuana, while other states restrict when it can be used, limiting it to only a specified list of illnesses.  However, no matter how many states have laws in the book allowing it, the federal government still prohibits it- which makes for a tricky situation, especially when an employer is being asked to pay for it to treat an injured worker.  Needless to say, the issue is complicated.

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

The Evolution of Mental Health Claims in Workers Comp

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Apr 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Mental health claims in workers comp has been a growing topic over the last few years.  As society develops a better understanding of mental illness and its treatment, states have begun considering where and when a mental illness, especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), should be incorporated into workers’ comp statutes.  While it seems to be a topic in almost every state house the last few years, that hasn’t always been the case.

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

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