The Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) approved an NCCI loss cost filing for Louisiana resulting in a -8.4 percent rate change for the workers’ compensation market. The change will go into effect on May 1st, 2020.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Hog slaughter outrage, naloxone, and cannabis health claims are your headlines for September 2019.
Larry Frieman, an attorney with Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli & Frieman known for workers’ compensation defense work, is running for the open seat in District 74 on the North Shore. The seat is open for the first time since 2007. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke to Frieman about his campaign and what changes he’d like to make if elected.
Senator Gatti’s bill SB107 was signed by Governor John Bel Edwards and is now Act 122, set to go into effect on August 1st, 2019. The bill adds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of compensable presumptions under workers’ comp for first responders (state police, emergency medical personnel, volunteer firefighters, sheriff and sheriff’s deputies). The presumption may only be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Opioid tapering, depression, and medical marijuana are your headlines for December 2018.
William Ray Love, known as “Mr. Chairman” in the community, passed away on December 14th at age 80. Love was the founder of Gulf South Insurance Agency LLC in Baton Rouge.
Gary Davis, Executive Director of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA), is now partnering with the Office of Workers’ Compensation to produce the Louisiana’s Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, previously run by the OWC and the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke to both Davis and OWC Director Sheral Kellar about the change and what attendees can expect from the conference.
Mark your calendars! The following is a list of all the major events in the workers’ compensation space that have been announced so far for 2019.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) announced the passing of Workers’ Compensation Judge Robert Varnado this week, noting that he “will be missed by everyone in the workers’ compensation community.” Judge Varnado presided over District 06 in Covington, Louisiana.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Action on medical devices, workplace bullying, and a local pill mill are your headlines for November 2018.