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January 1994, Vol. 117, No. 1
Charles A. Berreth
D uring 1993, many changes to workers' compensation laws focused on implementing managed health care plans, reducing fraud, and improving safety in the workplace. A managed health care plan was introduced into the workers' compensation program of 12 states,1 the issue of fraud was addressed in varying degrees in 13 States,2 and legislation was passed to improve workplace safety in 11 States.3
Missouri established a competitive fund, operational in March of 1995. The State Mutual Insurance Company will be funded by the sale of bonds and by a $5 million loan from the Workers' Compensation Administrative Fund. The focus will be on employers with premiums of $10,000 or less.
Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania passed legislation allowing, and in some instances requiring, deductibles to be written into workers' compensation insurance policies.
California is increasing it's weekly maximum payment for temporary and permanent total disability in three annual steps: from $336 to $406 per week in July 1994; to $448 in July 1995; and to $490 in July 1996. Maximum benefits for death also will increase from $95,000 to $115,000 in July 1994, and to $125,000 in July 1996 for single dependents; and from $115,000 to $135,000 in July 1994, and to $145,000 in July 1996 for multiple dependents. A new category of cases was established for claimants with three or more dependents starting in July 1994, with a benefit maximum of $160,000.
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1 Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and West Virginia.
2 Arkansas, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Virginia.
3 Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.
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