Experts' Comments on Workers' Comp Wanted in California

The Commission on Health and Safety and\r\nWorkers' Compensation (CHSWC) is inviting experts to comment on the state of the workers' compensation insurance industry in California.

In response to alarms being raised throughout the workers'' compensation community, the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers'' Compensation (CHSWC) is inviting experts to comment on the state of the workers'' compensation insurance industry in California.

CHSWC is inviting system participants to present their views and their needs at a public hearing to be held as part of the upcoming CHSWC meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the State of California Public Utilities Commission Building, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.

Those already scheduled to speak include John Michael Nolan, president of California Workers'' Compensation Institute (CWCI); David Bellusci, senior vice president and chief actuary, Workers'' Compensation California Rating Bureau (WCIRB); Norris Clark, chief of the Financial Surveillance Branch of the California Department of Insurance (CDI); Larry White, CDI Legal Division; James Neary, vice president and actuary of the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF); Pat Quintana, SCIF Government Relations officer; Larry Mulryan, executive director of the California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA); representatives from the California Applicants'' Attorneys Association (CAAA); and researcher Glenn Shor of the California Division of Workers'' Compensation (DWC).

Anyone interested in participating is invited to contact Christine Baker, CHSWC executive officer, by telephone at (415) 703-4220, by fax at (415) 703-4234, or by e-mail at [email protected]

CHSWC, created by the workers'' compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers'' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. Part of the commission''s mission is to conduct a continuing examination of the workers'' compensation system and of the state''s activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

by Sandy Smith ([email protected])

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