Workers' Compensation News - May 5, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 19

 MS/MSP New Address
NOTE: New Address for Receipt of Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-aside Arrangement (WCMSA) Proposals (and all subsequently requested documents) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Review
Beginning on May 1, 2004, all WCMSA proposals submitted for review by CMS’ Regional Offices must be sent to a national, centralized point of receipt at:

CMS
c/o Coordination of Benefits Contractor
PO Box 660 
New York, NY 10274-0660
Attention: WCMSA Proposal 

Once recorded in a centralized database, the WCMSA proposal will be electronically forwarded to the Regional Office having jurisdiction for review as listed in the April 21, 2003, Frequently Asked Questions (with the exception of Louisiana and New Jersey, which will be forwarded to the Atlanta Regional Office) at the following URL.
/medicare/cob/pdf/wc_faqs.pdf
Any WCMSA proposal received in CMS’ Regional Offices on or after the date listed above, will be forwarded to the Coordination of Benefits (COB) Contractor for entry into the centralized database.

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THAT'S HISTORY
On May 6, 1882, President Chester A. Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, barring Chinese laborers from entering the United States and prohibiting courts from bestowing US citizenship on Chinese. Connecticut Senator Joseph Hawley spoke out against the Act in these words:
Let the proposed statue be read 100 years hence, dug out of the dust of ages and forgotten as it will be except for a line of sneer by some historian, and ask the young man not well read in the history of this country what was the reason for excluding these men and he would not be able to find it in the law.
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and its successors were abolished in 1943 at the insistence of President Franklin Roosevelt. 
http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/chinex.htm

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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

NJ ICLE Handling Employment Law Torts - Monday, June 7, 2004 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Sheraton at Woodbridge Plaza, Islin, NJ 
-David Ben-Asher, Esq. Moderator
-Peter L. Frattarelli, Esq
-Donna duBeth Gardiner, Esq.
-Jon L. Gelman, Esq.
-Christopher J. Mills, Esq.
-Glen D. Savits, Esq.
http://www.njicle.com/cgi-bin/njicle?SessionID=18&doc=/Seminars/EmployTort_6-7-04.htm

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