This afternoon is crunch time for the Schwarzenegger-Nunez healthcare reform package, ABX1. Last week’s California Senate hearing on the bill was continued to this afternoon. A few weeks ago it appeared that ABX1 might make it after all. The product of year-long negotiations and a “special session” of the legislature, ABX1 is supported by many

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(Note: the following is a workerscompzone series done by Julius Young while currently traveling in Asia) “Country roads, take me home To the place, I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads” “Are you goin to San Francisco? Be sure to wear a flower in your hair….” Hearing those songs yesterday, I

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A couple of developments in the last few days worth noting(from afar: I’m in Guandong province, China, but more on that later). In LA County Superior court the trial judge ruled in favor of the insurers in a suit brought by the “new” Albertson’s. At issue is the interpretation of excess policy coverage and what

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Readers of my last post know that I’ll currently in Indo-China. Northwest Cambodia, specifically, at the moment. Looking across the Pacific, the past week seems to have been a sleepy one in California workers’comp. The biggest development is that the California Court of Appeal 1st District has agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the

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Today (January 17) the DWC will be holding hearings in Oakland on proposed revisions to the QME regs. The hearing is slated to begin at 10 am in the auditorium of the Elihu Harris State Building. Changes in the QME regs are being watched closely by all major workers’comp stakeholders. Under current law, QMEs wield

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