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.
NCCI held its State Advisory Forum Tuesday, and industry was ready to discuss as the event concluded.
The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) held its annual State Advisory Forum in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, November 27th. The event, attended by about 100 people across the workers’ comp industry, provides a range of actuarial and statistical information as it relates to NCCI’s loss cost filing for the year. The filing this year, which was accepted by the Louisiana Department of Insurance last week, means a -5.6 percent decrease.
The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) and the workers’ compensation industry celebrate Kid’s Chance Awareness Week this week, November 12th-16th. The Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program provides scholarships to the children of Louisiana workers who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled in an accident compensable under a state or federal workers’ compensation act or law.