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State Fund reformer was paid a salary of $450,000 a year, plus perks
In September of 2009, she was assured that someone in the governor’s staff would "work hard" to help the injured firefighter with his endeavors.
The senator cannot call for an investigation into why the governor’s staff did not follow through on their assurance about helping the firefighter, if no one is willing to contact her office.
The governors office has also not responded to a request made by Congressman Adam Schiff, the request was in regards to a another problem with SCIF's claims handling.
Does Governor Schwarzenegger know about this Firefighter's situation?
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
As a public service to the firefighter, his family, and the public that is served by your firefighters, I am doing what I can to provide a forum for his story. It is imperative for you to share his story with your elected officials, friends and co-workers. These stories are shining examples of what is to come if the public stands by idly and does nothing.
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In My Opinion
I read another great article in Workers’ Comp Executive. Titled: SCIF to Attempt Rebranding Its Tarnished Image
SCIF management hopes to give its employees a boost in morale with new language and a new way of looking at SCIF's role in California's economy.
Apparently SCIF employees’ morale is down. If this is indeed true, what could be the cause? According to the article, SCIF employees have been subjected to a barrage of negative media about the organization due in large part to the malfeasance of some top SCIF management, which were removed last year.
As a public service I wanted to find out what other things could be causing such a drop in morale. My research turned up some interesting information. I found an article in the L.A Times, Millions wasted by State Fund, by Marc Lifsher.
According to the article, a state audit uncovered some very startling facts. SCIF spent some $300 million on technology and had to pay out some $20 million in penalties for delays in processing of medical bills and disability benefits for injured workers.
So why didn't SCIF get these payments made on time? With all the technology they bought there should be no reason, or is there? These late payments to injured workers and treating doctors were going on in the early 90's. My family was forced into poverty by the way SCIF is allowed to operate.
The culture of corruption can not be cleaned up with new words or slogans. It can only be cleaned up by positive action of management. Honest management, not business as usual management.
As I raise awareness to the plight of injured workers (IWs) with my web site, www.MyStateFundStory.com, many newcomers to the site find my story incredible.
However, the massive State Fund (SCIF) has a track record that seems to lack integrity in my case. The most alarming event in this saga was the issuance of an arrest warrant by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office for a State Fund (SCIF) defense lawyer.
The documents below detail this incredible story, which has been documented in the film "Almost Broken."
A fire fighter's story of pain and suffering, in his own words.
Why is an injured firefighter forced to live in excruciating pain?
State Compensation Insurance Fund, a government insurance carrier, continues to deny repeated requests for an FDA approved Pro Disk (Artificial Disk) replacement for this injured firefighter. The Doctor's request to perform an FDA approved spinal surgery was denied because it is NOT ALLOWED by the ACOEM guidelines.
In 2004 the California legislature passed SB899 and the Governor signed it into law. SB899 now re-defines "Cure and relieve" to only be treated in accordance with ACOEM guidelines.
Why did the state legislature stop allowing the Treating Doctor to have the final say on how the injured worker should be treated? After all the TREATING DOCTOR would have the best idea on what level of care an injured worker will be needed to give him the very best chance to heal and return to the job.
I complied with the senators’ request and wrote to the insurance commissioner as a public service. To date I have not received any reply from the commissioner, because I believe the commissioner is being kept in the dark so he will have no knowledge that SCIF, a state agency is allowed to save money on my injury claim, by violating state and federal laws.
As seen on America’s Most Wanted, convicted rapist and alleged serial killer of possibly 30 people, John Floyd Thomas Jr., a 20 year employee of State Compensation Insurance Fund as a claims adjuster. Could he have worked on your case?