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State of the States, January 14

iStock-1217699553What's happening this week in workers' compensation? IWP's weekly legislative wrap-up, State of the States, keeps you up to date on important matters within the workers' compensation and pharmacy arena.

This week's legislative wrap-up contains updates from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, New York, and Virginia along with National news including:

  • In Alabama state legislators will consider a presumption for claims regarding PTSD/Mental Health for the state’s first responders.
  • A bill filed in Arizona would improve transparency with the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA), the state agency that oversees workers’ compensation.
  • Florida’s medical claim costs were found to be lower in 2020 than in 2019.
  • The New York State Senate Labor Committee voted in favor of a bill that would allow all workers to file claims for PTSD/Mental Health.
  • Virginia lawmakers are mulling legislation that would incur drug testing for workplace accidents.
  • On the National level Biden administration officials roll out a plan for free/covered at home covid tests.
  • A survey from the Risk & Insurance Journal shows the top 8 priorities for innovation in the coming years for workers’ compensation.

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This edition includes an update on national news.  

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