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California Senate Bill 863 is falsely presented as a $700 million increase in permanent disability compensation in return for “efficiencies” in the workers’ compensation system totaling more than $1 billion.

If SB 863 is passed, it will affect injured workers, taxpayers, and the economy. Insurance companies will profit by shifting costs to taxpayers to pay for those who are not working and need medical treatment because of a work injury.

Employers can save money by limiting the profits of the insurance companies, including the elimination of utilization review of medical treatment recommended by doctors in the insurance companies’ medical provider networks.

Injured workers will see the alleged increase in permanent disability compensation because the measure eliminates injured workers’ ability to prove lost future earnings and it limits any permanent disability rating only to select provisions of the American Medical Association Guides. Studies, including out-of-California universities, proved that the adoption of the AMA Guides and Senate Bill 899 drastically reduced injured workers’ benefits. SB 863 will hurt injured workers more.

This bill gives insurance companies complete control of medical treatment and injured workers’ cases. It will eliminate compensation for diminished future earnings capacity, age modifications of permanent disability ratings, psychological damage from physical injuries, sleep and sexual damages from work injuries, compensable consequences of work injures, agreed medical examiners medical treatment determination, and injured workers’ medical control.

This measure is unconstitutional since California’s Constitution requires workers’ compensation benefits be adequate in place of suing employers in civil court.

Please sign the petition to stop the approval of SB 863.

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http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-ca-do-not-pass-senate-bill-863

This petition was delivered to:
  • California State Legislature
  • State Senator
    Stephen Knight
  • State Senator
    Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator
    Bill Emmerson
  • State Representative
    Michael Morrell 2
  • State Senator
    Mark DeSaulnier
  • State Representative
    Mike Gatto
  • State Senator
    Bill Monning
  • California State House
  • California State Senate
  • State Senator
    Lois Wolk
  • State Representative
    Raul Bocanegra
  • State Senator
    Ted Lieu
  • State Senator
    Alex Padilla
  • State Representative
    Robert Blumenfield
  • State Senator
    Mark Wyland
  • State Senator
    Leland Yee
  • State Representative
    Scott Wilk
  • State Representative
    Brian Nestande
  • State Representative
    Jeff Gorell
  • State Senator
    Curren Price
  • State Senator
    Ed Hernandez
  • California Governor


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