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April 24, 2004 7:00 PM
Workers' Compensation News - April 14, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 16

ASBESTOS
Take a look at USAction's new cartoon, “Halliburton's Doggone Good Deal.” First war profiteering, now an asbestos bailout scheme orchestrated by a company with oh-so-close relations to the White House. 
http://64.95.53.25/ctsg/progressive/AmericanFamilyVoices/hal.swf

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FLORIDA - PETITION TO REPEAL THE WC ACT
An effort is being made to repeal the Florida Workers' Compensation Acct.
http://www.thePetitionSite.com/takeaction/479124355

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TOP DOE OFFICIALS QUIT - RESPONSIBILE FOR FAILING WORKERS' COMPENSATION PLAN
Top DOE officials quit -Pair responsible for failing worker compensation plan
Two top Energy Department officials resigned Friday just three days after the Rocky Mountain News reported that a compensation program for sick atomic bomb plant workers had paid only one worker $15,000 - while spending $74 million on paperwork.
Under Secretary of Energy Bob Card and Assistant Secretary of Energy Bev Cook were responsible for the compensation program called "a catastrophic failure" by one senator on Tuesday. Both Card and Cook said they were leaving in two weeks, citing a need to spend more time with their families.
Rocky Mountain News
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_2779967,00.html

See also:
Millions spent; 1 worker aided - 89.1%
The Department of Energy program to compensate sick nuclear weapons plant workers has cost $74 million of taxpayers' funds - and only one worker has been paid
http://websearch.insidedenver.com/drmn/web/searchResults/1,7968,2,FF.html?searchString=compensation&searchType=site 

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CALENDAR

NOSSCR Social Security Disability Law Conference - National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives - May 12-15, 2004 San Diego, CA - Topics include intensive medical issues to Medicare and how it impacts WC. San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina 
http://www.nosscr.com

NYCOSH’S 25th Anniversary Awards Celebration, Friday, May 14th, 2004 6 - 8:30 P.M. 
http://www.nycosh.org/calendar.html

NCSI 2004 Annual National Council of Self-Insurers Meeting. May 16-19, 2004. Held at the Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa in St. Petersburg, Florida. Additional information: Larry Holt, Executive Director, National Council of Self-Insurers, 1253 Springfield Avenue, PMB 345, New Providence, NJ 07974 (908/665-2152). Website: 
http:// www.natcouncil.com

CMS Regional Conference - Medicare Secondary Payer - Jun 23-25, 2004 - Atlanta GA 
http://www.mediproseminars.com/

SAWCA 56th Annual Convention. June 21-25, 2004. Held at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sponsored by: SAWCA (Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators), 25 Lazy Eight Drive, Port Orange, FL 32128 (386/304-1993).

SEAK 24t Annual National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Seminar. July 20-22, 2004. Held at the Sheraton Hyannis Resort in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Sponsored by SEAK, Inc., P.O. Box 729, Falmouth, MA 02541 (781-261-9972). Website: 
http://www.seak.com 

AASCIF 2004 American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds Conference. August 1-4, 2004. Held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additional information: (952/838-4245) or 
http://www.aascif.org

AIABC 90th Annual I Convention. August 5-10, 2004. Held at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City. Sponsored by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). Additional information: IAIABC (608/663-6355). Website: 
http://www.iaiabc.org

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