Bills target Hawaii’s opioid crisis

In Hawaii, where opioid drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death, several bills that target the crisis are on the governor’s desk. One would allow pharmacists to prescribe certain medication in case of a drug overdose. The legislature says opioid-related overdoses racked up about $9.8 million in hospital costs in 2016. KITV (Honolulu)

New York: Town seeing fewer workers’ comp claims

For the last three years in a row, employees of the town of Queensbury, Indiana have gotten injured far less often. Additionally, their injuries are far less expensive, according to the annual report on workers’ compensation claims. Post Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.)

California: Oxnard man sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

The 52-year-old owner of an Oxnard cleaning services business was sentenced this week on workers’ compensation insurance fraud charges. Prosecutors say that from January 2010 to December 2015, he underreported the number of his employees and his payroll to workers’ compensation insurance carriers. Ventura County Daily Star

California: Ridgecrest officials examine proposed budget

The Ridgecrest City Council on May 30 had their first official look at the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. According to the city manager, the biggest change in the budget was a 42 percent increase in workers’ compensation rates. Ridgecrest Daily Independent

California: Neighbors injured at murder scene only entitled to workers’ comp

A three-judge panel of a California appeals court has ruled that a husband and wife who were attacked when they unwittingly walked into a double homicide, while checking on a neighbor at a deputy sheriff’s request, are entitled only to workers’ compensation for their injuries. The judges concluded that the couple was assisting in “active law enforcement” under the Labor Code when they investigated a 911 call and, as a result, their $10 million lawsuit is barred. Courthouse News Service

California: Bakersfield chiropractor pleads guilty to fraud

A 44-year-old Bakersfield chiropractor pleaded guilty to health care fraud on Monday, admitting that she submitted bills to workers’ compensation insurers in which she improperly billed them for medical-legal evaluations that she was not legally permitted to do, according to the Office of the United States Attorney. KBAK/KBFX (Bakersfield, Calif.)