Workers’ Compensation News - October 3, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 27

MEDICARE SECONDAY PAYER--Proposed Federal legislation is under consideration to shift the approval of MSP claims to the State workers compensation agencies.

Many California Employers Face Health Care Mandate
With the ranks of the uninsured rising rapidly across the country, California — where the problem is especially acute — is on the verge of requiring thousands of employers to provide health benefits for their workers.

UAW Strategy Stresses Health Care
Union Appears to Cede Ground on Wages, Closings In Widely Watched Talks
The United Auto Workers, in talks with the Big Three auto makers, appears to have sacrificed the wage increases it has won in past contract rounds to protect its generous health-care package.

New Data Underscore Need to Shore Up Employer-Based Health Coverage 
Census Bureau data released September 30 show that the number of Americans without health insurance increased sharply last year: 2.4 million joined the ranks of the uninsured, bringing the total to 43.6 million. The increase was due mainly to declining rates of employer-sponsored health coverage, the Census Bureau reported. Over the past two years, the number of uninsured has increased by 3.8 million-a precipitous decline in coverage of 10 percent.