Monthly Archives: April 2018

In national news:

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee concluded a two-day hearing late last week on more than 30 bills to address the opioid crisis through Medicare and Medicaid coverage and payment policies.

In national news:

A federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled that limousine drivers for Uber (UberBLACK) are independent contractors and not the company’s employees under federal law.

In national news:

Reuters is reporting that a federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits by states and municipalities against opioid manufacturers set an aggressive schedule that would have the first trial take place in March 2019.

In national news:

Roberto Ceniceros’ latest column for Risk & Insurance addresses PTSD and efforts in multiple states to expand coverage for some workers who encounter traumatic events like the aftermath of mass shootings.

In economic news:

In March 2018, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 1.3 million and accounted for 20.3 percent of the unemployed, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers.

In neighboring news:

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation finalized a new procedure for evaluating designated doctor performance as part of the certification process.

In neighboring news:

The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission recently voted unanimously to hire retired Brigadier General Hopper Smith as the agency’s new Executive Director.