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Workers' Compensation News - May 12, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 20 CompAssist (tm)

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Asbestos: Federal Mediation Fails to Reach Accord. AIA remains committed to meaningful reform of deeply flawed litigation system. The following statement is in response to the end of negotiations over legislation to establish a national asbestos victims compensation trust fund (S. 2290). The negotiations were mediated by retired Federal Judge Edward Becker. This statement should be attributed to Robert E. Vagley, president of the American Insurance Association (AIA) 

Workers' Compensation News - April 28, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 18

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Statement by OSHA Administrator John Henshaw On Worker Memorial Day 2004. "Today is Worker Memorial Day, a day to pay tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives on the job. We mourn with their families and friends, and we recognize that the loss of these very special people extends beyond the home; the loss is felt in schools, places of worship, at social gatherings, in local communities, and throughout the entire nation.

Workers' Compensation News - March 10, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 11 CompAssist (tm)

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WHO WILL MANAGE SSA - CMS (The people who enforce Medicare Secondary Payment laws)
HHS Secretary Thompson Criticizes Opposition to Nomination of FDA Head McClellan as CMS Administrator
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on Tuesday "blasted back" at senators who threatened to delay the confirmation of FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan as CMS administrator, CongressDaily reports. At least three senators -- John McCain (R-Ariz.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and...

Workers' Compensation News - March 10, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 11 CompAssist (tm)

Jon 12780

WHO WILL MANAGE SSA - CMS (The people who enforce Medicare Secondary Payment laws)
HHS Secretary Thompson Criticizes Opposition to Nomination of FDA Head McClellan as CMS Administrator
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on Tuesday "blasted back" at senators who threatened to delay the confirmation of FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan as CMS administrator, CongressDaily reports. At least three senators -- John McCain (R-Ariz.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and...

Asbestos Related Deaths to Increase Reports the International Labour Organization

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Being concerned with continuous wide used of asbestos in the world, the EU and ILO convened the European Asbestos Conference in September 2003 in Dresden, Germany. Gerd Albracht, chairman of the Conference, underlined that "mmillions of workers and consumers have been exposed to asbestos dust. Twenty-thousand asbestos related lung cancers and 10,000 mesotheliomas occur annually across the population of Western Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Japan and Australia alone, but developing countries have much higher risks of exposure. In such countries, asbestos is thus a time bomb that looks set to lead to an explosive increase in asbestos related diseases and deaths in the next 20-30 years." 

NJ Ranks 2nd in Nation for Asbestos Related Deaths

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Government Statistics on deaths due to Asbestos-related disease have been released and appear in a recently released report published by the Environmental Working Group of Washington DC. The report reveals that: Camden, Somerset, Middlesex and Bergen have the highest rates in the State of NJ. At Least 2,775 People Have Been Killed by Asbestos in New Jersey Since 1979

Past US Congressional Challenges to Asbestos Litigation

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 A significant challenge to the rights of injured workers in third party asbestos litigation was introduced in Congress in 1999 by U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) in what he termed the "Fairness in Asbestos Litigation Act of 1998", S.2546.

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