Workers' Compensation News - July 7, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 17

 Bush Administration Rejects Reporting of Ergonomic Injuries to OSHA - 7/5/03 www.gelmans.com (Search term "Bush")
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ASBESTOS - US Senate Judiciary Committee epected to hold final vote Thu July 10, 2003 With a limited Federal Asbestos Trust Funds available, a question now arises whather this will add economic insult to insurance companies and State fund.
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AROUND THE COUNTRY
CALIFORNIA: A SYTEM ON THE BRINK
The Legislature tackles a high-cost, low-benefit workers' comp program that has become a system on the brink. Analysts warn that without radical reform, the 90-year-old social insurance program that protects more than 16 million workers will collapse. The Sacramento Bee July 7, 2003http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/6984920p-7933757c.html

NEW YORK: TO "FASTTRACK" 911 VOLUNTEER CLAIMS
-Board Implements Administrative Measures to Initiate Payments http://www.wcb.state.ny.us/content/main/PressRe/volunteers.htm

-More Than 5,000 Save Costs Using Board's New On-Line "e-BizWCB" Program
http://www.wcb.state.ny.us/content/main/PressRe/technology.htm