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May 11, 2004 6:44 PM
Workers' Compensation News - May 12, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 20 CompAssist (tm)

 -Study Shows Millions of Working Americans Have No Health Coverage, Suffer Health Gaps as a Result

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Asbestos: Federal Mediation Fails to Reach Accord
AIA remains committed to meaningful reform of deeply flawed litigation system
The following statement is in response to the end of negotiations over legislation to establish a national asbestos victims compensation trust fund (S. 2290). The negotiations were mediated by retired Federal Judge Edward Becker. This statement should be attributed to Robert E. Vagley, president of the American Insurance Association (AIA): 

Health Insurance Soars
NJ BIA 2004 Health Benefits Survey 
NJ Employers Hit with 13% Spike in 2003 Health Costs Double-Digit Cost Increases Expected Again Next Year 
Health insurance costs exploded in 2003 by an average of 13% for New Jersey employers. This spike came on top of a 15% increase in 2002. And employers expect to get hit with double-digit cost increases again in 2004, NJBIA President Philip Kirschner said today in releasing the findings of the Association's 2004 Health Benefits Survey. 


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.

CMS Regional Conference - Medicare Secondary Payer - Jun 23-25, 2004 - Atlanta GA 

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: 

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

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: 

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