Friday, March 24, 2017

Federal Bill Introduced to De-schedule Marijuana

by Corina N. Schaffner-Fegard, Esq.

On February 27, 2017, US House Representative Thomas Garrett Jr., a Republican, introduced H.R.1227 — 115th Congress (2017-2018). (Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017).  This bill is a legislative attempt to de-schedule marijuana entirely.   That would mean it would no longer be regulated under the Controlled Substances Act and would be placed on par with alcohol.   Currently, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance under the CSA.  The bill does place limitations on interstate transportation of marijuana and applies penalties for violations under Sec. 103.   As of March 16, 2017, the bill was referred to the Committee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations and is awaiting action before the House Judiciary Committee.  Given statements made by Attorney General Sessions, which could be interpreted as his endorsing an increase in prosecutions when it comes to marijuana, the fate of the bill is unclear.   We will be following this legislation, as its passing will impact whether  health insurers, including workers' compensation carriers, are required to pay for medical marijuana.  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Registration Link for June 2017 Adjusters' Conference

The next Adjusters' Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, Vermont on June 29 and 30, 2017.  Below are the registration links for the Conference and for the Hilton.  We look forward to seeing you in June!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SAVE THE DATE!!!! June and October 2017 conference dates for Vermont Adjusters

There will be Vermont adjusters' continuing education conferences presented by the Vermont Department of Labor and Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd. in both June and October 2017.  The dates are as follows: June 29 and 30, 2017 and October 26 and 27, 2017.  Please save the dates on your calendar.  We will provide you with registration information once it is available.  We look forward to seeing you in June and October!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Forms on Department of Labor Website

The Vermont Department of Labor, Workers' Compensation Division announced that two of the common forms used in workers' compensation claims have been revised as of January 2017.  The updated Preauthorization form can be found at: .  PLEASE NOTE: the Vermont Preauthorization Form is not a required form.  Denials filed with the Department based on a failure to use the Preauthorization form will not be found supported.

The updated Medical Release form (Form 7) can be found at: .

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Vermont Governor Declares Kids’ Chance Week

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin proclaimed that this week is Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in Vermont.  Kids’ Chance of Vermont provides college scholarships to children of workers who have been injured or killed on the job. Thousands of scholarships have been awarded nationwide by Kids’ Chance chapters.  The Governor’s office stated that “[a] work-related accident that leads to a catastrophic injury or death of a guardian has devastating emotional and financial impacts on any family, especially when compensation benefits are insufficient to allow the injured or deceased worker’s children to pursue their education goals. Bottom line, every Vermont kid should have the opportunity to succeed.”  Glenn S. Morgan, Esq. of Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd. is a founding director of Kids’ Chance of Vermont and serves as its current treasurer.  More details are available on the Kids’ Chance website at: .

Monday, October 24, 2016

Adjusters' Conference Registration is LIVE!

The conference registration information for the January 26 and 27, 2017 adjusters' conference is now available on the Department of Labor's website.

If you are unable to register online or have any questions regarding the conference please contact Delaney Meeting and Event Management at (802) 865-5202.