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Stop Torturing Injured Workers-Angry Workers Speakout At CA Division Of Workers Comp
Injured workers spoke out on January 14, 2014 at the Oakland State Building against the torture they face by the California Department of Industrial Relations DIR Division Of Workers Compensation. The Executive Medical Director of the Division of Workers Compensation Dr. Rupali Das told a member of the audience that doctors for injured workers should work for free and an injured nurse charged that she was being tortured under the new SB 863 bill.
"Stop Torturing Me" Injured CA Nurse Sarah J. Hames-Anderson Speaks At CA Div of Workers Comp
On January 14, 2014 at the Oakland State Building the California Division of
Workers Compensation held a hearing on the affect of SB 863 and Utilization
Review UR and Independent Medical Review IMR.
Injured nurse Sarah J. Hames testified that the new law SB 863 has seriously
harmed her health and forced her to take addictive opiate drugs rather than
the non-opiate treatment that she had been on which allowed her to work as
She and other workers testified that they are being tortured under the new
legislation and prevented from working and getting proper healthcare.
The state has also outsourced and privatized the process of workers comp claims
and disputes to the Maximus corporation which is unaccountable to the public
and uses anonymous doctors in the IMR process.
Workers Comp Doctors Should Work For Free Says Dr. Rupali Das Of CA Division Of Workers Compensation
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Destie Overpeck, Acting Administrative Director of the CA Division of Workers Compensation was confronted by angry workers who attacked the corrupt workers comp system which is controlled by the insurance industry. Overpeck said she did not know what the outsourcing privatizing company Maximus was paying doctors.
The state of California has outsourced the processing of workers comp claims and disputes to the anti-labor company Maximus which the state of California is paying $40 million. This was supported by CA AFL-CIO Executive Director Art Pulaski and Angie Wei, Legislative Director of the CA AFL-CIO
Injured worker Manuel Salerno attacked the corrupt and criminal worker comp fraud by the insurance industry and those officials in the workers comp system.