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News: 2012 Press Release

For Release: August 27, 2012
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Releases Report On Workers' Compensation Reforms

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones released today the savings and cost analysis of the workers' compensation reforms introduced in SB 863, co-authored by Senator DeLeon and Assembly Member Solorio. Commissioner Jones requested the California Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB), which is licensed by the Department of Insurance and is the sole rating organization for all California workers' compensation insurance companies, to review the reform proposals and determine the costs and savings achieved by the bill to support needed increases in permanent disability benefits to injured workers.

"The analysis by the WCIRB indicates that SB 863 has cost savings that significantly offset the costs of providing needed increases of permanent disability benefits for

California 's injured workers," said Commissioner Jones.  "I remain concerned about continued rising costs in the system, however, particularly medical costs and the expenses to adjust workers' compensation claims, and encourage all stakeholders to look for additional ways to reduce system costs."

View the entirety of the WCIRB's report and its analysis of SB 863's savings and costs.

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