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May 22, 2005 9:58 PM
Workers' Compensation News - May 23, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 306

-CMS Publishes NEW Sample Medicare Set Aside Agreement Submission

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NY WORKERS' COMPENSATION RATES
New York Rates: Follow the Bouncing Ball
New York is famous for being a high cost state for workers compensation. By any reasonable measure, New York falls within the top four states for high comp cost, sharing the dubious spotlight with California, Texas and Florida. With its unique paternalistic approach, the state requires multiple hearings during the course of a routine claim. While attorneys in most states earn their fees by negotiating lump sum settlements, in New York they just have to show up. And show up. And show up.
http://www.workerscompinsider.com/archives/000283.html

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FEDERAL ASBESTOS LEGISLATION - SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE STALLS YET AGAIN
The US Senate Judiciary Committee last week again deferred action on the S.852. There has been wide spread oobjection of the proposed legislation which attemptes to use private funds to establish a publically administered trust. The legislation would eliminate the right of a trial for victims and their families and remove all pending civil actions from the Courts.
Full Text of Bill: http://www.nycosh.org/workplace_hazards/Asbestos/SpecterApril2005.pdf

"ASBESTOS LITIGATION REFORM" RECONSIDERED
This website provides a thorough review to date of the size and scope of the public health tragedy caused by asbestos in the United States. For the first time ever, it provides the public with new, localized information on asbestos-related diseases, deaths, and contamination sources. This original research is combined with a detailed list of products that expose the public to asbestos, a review of the failed 1989 attempt by EPA to ban asbestos, and an analysis of businesses with the most deaths from the signature asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. It also includes a discussion of asbestos diseases and how even short-term exposures can produce tragic outcomes
http://www.ewg.org/reports/asbestos/facts/

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Calendar:
UNION COUNTY WORKERS' COMPENSATION SEMINAR
Holiday Inn, RT 22, Springfield NJ
Contact Dennis M. Baptista, Esq. 
dennisb@jwhz.com 

25th ANNUAL NATIONAL WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE CONFERENCE JULY 2005
July 19-21, 2005, Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
-Managing Workers' Compensation Claims While Navigating the Treacherous Waters of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act
-Trial Demonstration: The Contested Hearing Loss Case
http://www.seak.com/semjul05WC.htm

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