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California, Missouri lawmakers propose comp changes

California, Missouri lawmakers propose comp changes

Lawmakers in the California Assembly and Missouri House proposed changes on Thursday to their state’s workers compensation coverage.

California’s A.B. 2665, introduced by Democratic Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, would make skin cancer a compensable occupational disease for peace officers employed by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Parks and Recreation whose job duties require substantial time outdoors. Currently, skin cancer that is presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of employment is only compensable for lifeguards in the state.

Missouri’s H.B. 2531, introduced by Republican Rep. Mike Henderson, would continue to allow employers the right to select providers for employees, but also require that health insurers include treating physicians, surgeons, chiropractic physicians and other health care providers who offer authorized services in their workers compensation networks.