Things That Make Bob Go Hmmmmm…..

At the 2018 SAWCA All Committee Conference, Bob Wilson from WorkersCompensation.com hosted a panel discussion looking at issues that make him go hmmmm. The panelists were: Dr. Robert Snyder – State of Tennessee Frank McKay – State of Georgia Paul Tauriello – State of Colorado Debrah Watkins – Care Bridge International Identity Theft In an […]

2018 Election Update

At the 2018 SAWCA All Committee Conference, Laura Hart Bryan from NCCI discussed her thoughts on how the recent election will impact workers’ compensation systems around the nation. One of the key things to note about the 2018 mid-term election was the high voter turnout. Around 113 million people voted, which was a 30 million […]

SAWCA Carrier Roundtable

At the 2018 SAWCA All Committee Conference, a panel of carrier representatives discussed a wide variety of issues that are impacting the workers’ compensation industry. The panel was: Tom Hebson – York Risk Services Group Mark Walls – Safety National Shawn Mackey – Midwest Employers Tom Glasson – AIG Recent Election Impact on Workers’ Compensation […]

The Grand Bargain

At the 2018 SAWCA All Committee Conference, a session discussed the state of the Grand Bargain of workers’ compensation. The speakers were: Wade McGuffey – Attorney, Goodman, McGuffey Beth Aldridge – Commissioner, Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission Rita Hedrick-Helmick – West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Board Scott Beck – Chair, South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission Amy Kingston […]

Presumption Laws

At the 2018 SAWCA All Committee Conference, a session discussed presumption laws in workers’ compensation. The speakers were: Karl Aumann – Chairman, Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission Robert Stokes – Attorney, Flahive, Ogden & Latson (Texas) Many states have presumption laws for first responders including firefighters, police officers, and EMTs. The purpose of these presumption laws […]

Marijuana: Lessons from Colorado and Maine

At the 2018 SAWCA All-Committee Conference, a session discussed how recreational and medical marijuana is impacting regulators, the medical community, and businesses in Colorado and Maine. The panel was: Paul Tauriello – Director, Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation Kristi Kelly – Director, Marajuana Industry Group Dominique Mendiola – Colorado Director of Medical Coordination Paul Sighinolfi […]

Medical Marijuana in States

An all-star cast was in place to discuss the medical marijuana trend at the SAWCA 67th Annual Convention. Paul Tauriello, Colorado Director of Workers’ Compensation, opened the session with an overview of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry, which ended the 2014 year with sales of approximately $386 MM. He noted that getting qualified applicants for law […]

Day 2 at SAWCA

Wednesday, July 22nd was an action-packed day at the SAWCA 67th Annual Convention. The day began with cyber discussions led by Bary Dalton from Federal Reserve Bank – Richmond, and Susan Gordon from Zurich NA. This session provided insight on the current cyber threats and why this has emerged so quickly in the marketplace. As […]

What Will Workers’ Compensation Look Like in 20 Years?

At the 67th Annual SAWCA Convention, Frank Neuhauser, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Social Insurance (CSSI) at University of California at Berkeley, opened this keynote session by discussing the future of workers’ compensation. Workers’ Compensation’s Inefficient Delivery He noted that the current system does not efficiently address the issues that employers […]

67th Annual Convention of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators

Conference Chronicles will be blogging from the 67th Annual Convention of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) on July 20-24, 2015 in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. SAWCA was formed in 1949 and incorporated in 1980. The SAWCA membership includes 20 jurisdictions; 18 states, District of Colombia and the Virgin Islands. The States are: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado,  Delaware, […]

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