New worker's compensation legislation was hammered out by the legislature and Gov. Arnold at the 11th Hour. Arnold is holding a new ballot measure initiative over the heads of the Democratic controlled state assembly and senate.
From the Orange County Register:
The bill, pushed by Schwarzenegger while simultaneously threatening the Legislature with the ballot initiative, aims to wring billions of dollars in cost savings from a system that saw $17.9 billion in claims last year by setting new limits on medical benefits, standardizing medical practices and making injured workers use doctors approved by employers and their insurance companies. It also prevents the state from telling insurers what they can charge for workers' compensation coverage.
Opponents of the bill, including attorneys and many injured workers, have largely blamed insurance companies for a surge of premium hikes, saying insurers haven't passed costs of last year's reforms to employers. Many Democrats agree, even those who intended to vote for the reform bill.
Seems that workers will have to use network doctors instead of the doctors of their (and their attorney's) choice. Will cut down on the fraud. Should save the State 7 billion a year.
The lawyers and chiropractors are not happy about this at all!
Great Job Arnold!
[Edited 2004-04-16 18:18:41]