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Vermont Workers Comp – Coming To An End?

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Vermont Workers Comp Ending?

Will Vermont Workers Comp fade away? Vermont recently appeared on the radar for Workers Comp. The state had been relatively quiet for many years. If there was a state that could possibly make 24 hour coverage work, Vermont would be one of my top picks.

Map of Vermont Workers Comp
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Having handled claims in the state many years ago, I would say Vermont and New Hampshire are very independent-minded states. Vermont was a very complex state for handling Workers Compensation claims.

There were many recent press releases on Vermont replacing Workers Comp with 24 hour coverage.One point that was missed, is the state is looking to replace the medical treatment part of the claim.I saw no mention of a complete dismantling of the Workers Comp system. The weekly benefits for injured workers would not be affected.

As I have posted often, almost any state could use the AFLAC model to replace their Workers Comp system if done properly. That does not mean it will happen any time soon. California attempted a modified version of 24 hour healthcare. It failed miserably.

One area that I did not want to delve into very far is Vermont pursuing a healthcare plan that would make them very independent of the upcoming healthcare federalization.

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James Moore

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications

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