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CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (602) 631-2000
Address: 3030 North Third Street
Phoenix, AZ   85012
Website: www.copperpoint.com

State Compensation Insurance Fund
Phone: 888-STATEFUNDCA
Address: 333 Bush Street
Suite 800
San Francisco, CA   94104
Website: www.statefundca.com

Pinnacol Assurance
Phone: (303) 361-4000
Address: 7501 East Lowry Boulevard
Suite 800
Denver, CO   80230-7006
Website: www.pinnacol.com

Hawaii Employers' Mutual Insurance Co. Inc.
Phone: (808) 524-3642
Address: 1100 Alakea Street
Suite 1400
Honolulu, HI   96813
Website: www.hemic.com

Idaho State Insurance Fund
Phone: (208) 332-2100
Address: 1215 West State Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID   83720-0044
Website: www.idahosif.org

Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance
Phone: (859) 425-7800
Address: 250 West Main Street Suite 900
P.O. Box 83720
Lexington, KY   40507-1724
Website: www.kemi.com

Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation
Phone: (225) 924-7788
Address: 2237 South Acadian Thruway
P.O. Box 83720
Baton Rouge, LA   70808
Website: www.lwcc.com

Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC)
Phone: (207) 791-3300
Address: 261 Commercial Street
P.O. Box 11409
Portland, ME   04104
Website: www.memic.com

Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company
Phone: (410) 494-2000
Address: 8722 Loch Raven Boulevard
P.O. Box 11409
Towson, MD   21286-2235
Website: www.ceiwc.com

SFM Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (952) 838-4200
Address: 3500 American Boulevard West Suite 700
P.O. Box 11409
Bloomington, MN   55431-4434
Website: www.sfmic.com

Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance
Phone: (800) 442-0590
Address: 101 N Keene St
P.O. Box 11409
Columbia, MO   65201
Website: www.mem-ins.com

Montana State Fund
Phone: (406) 495-5015
Address: 855 Front Street
P.O. Box 4759
Helena, MT   59604-4759
Website: www.montanastatefund.com

New Mexico Mutual Group
Phone: (505) 345-7260
Address: 3900 Singer Boulevard NE
P.O. Box 4759
Albuquerque, NM   87109
Website: www.newmexicomutual.com

New York State Insurance Fund
Phone: (212) 312-7001
Address: 199 Church Street
P.O. Box 4759
New York, NY   10007
Website: www.nysif.com

Workforce Safety and Insurance
Phone: (701) 328-3800
Address: 1600 East Century Avenue Suite 1
P.O. Box 4759
Bismarck, ND   58506-5585
Website: www.WorkforceSafety.com

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation
Phone: (800) 644-6292
Address: 30 West Spring Street
P.O. Box 4759
Columbus, OH   43215-2256
Website: www.ohiobwc.com

CompSource Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (405) 232-7663
Address: 1901 North Walnut Ave.
P.O. Box 53505
Oklahoma City, OK   73152-3505
Website: www.compsourcemutual.com

State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF)
Phone: (503) 373-8000
Address: 400 High Street SE
P.O. Box 53505
Salem, OR   97312-1000
Website: www.saif.com

Pennsylvania State Workers Insurance Fund
Phone: (570) 963-4635
Address: 100 Lackawanna Avenue
P.O. Box 5100
Scranton, PA   18505-5100
Website: www.dli.state.pa.us/swif

Beacon Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (401) 825-2667
Address: One Beacon Centre
P.O. Box 5100
Warwick, RI   02886-1378
Website: www.beaconmutual.com

South Carolina State Accident Fund
Phone: (803) 896-5800
Address: P.O. Box 102100
P.O. Box 5100
Columbia, SC   29221-5000
Website: www.saf.sc.gov

Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (800) 859-5995
Address: 6210 East Highway 290
P.O. Box 5100
Austin, TX   78723-1098
Website: www.texasmutual.com

Workers Compensation Fund
Phone: (800) 446-2667
Address: 100 West Towne Ridge Parkway
P.O. Box 2227
Sandy, UT   84070
Website: www.wcfgroup.com

Washington Department of Labor and Industries
Phone: (360) 902-5800
Address: P.O. Box 44001
P.O. Box 2227
Olympia, WA   98504-4001
Website: www.lni.wa.gov

Wyoming Division of Workers Safety & Compensation
Phone: (307) 777-7159
Address: Cheyenne Business Center
1510 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY   82002
Website: wydoe.state.wy.us

Workers Compensation Board - Alberta
Phone: (780) 498-3999
Address: 9925-107 Street
P.O. Box 2415
Edmonton, AB   T5J 2S5
Website: www.wcb.ab.ca

Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia (WORKSAFEBC)
Phone: (604) 273-2266
Address: P.O. Box 5350 Station Terminal
P.O. Box 2415
Vancouver, BC   V6B 5L5
Website: www.worksafebc.com

Manitoba Workers Compensation Board
Phone: (204) 954-4321
Address: 333 Broadway
P.O. Box 2415
Winnipeg, MB   R3C 4W3
Website: www.wcb.mb.ca

WorkSafeNB
Phone: (506) 632-2200
Address: 1 Portland Street
P.O. Box 160
Saint John, NB   E2L 3X9
Website: www.worksafenb.ca

Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 491-8999
Address: 5668 South Street
P.O. Box 1150
Halifax, NS   B3J 2Y2
Website: www.wcb.ns.ca

Prince Edward Island Workers Compensation Board
Phone: (902) 368-5680
Address: 14 Weymouth Street
P.O. Box 1150
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7L7
Website: www.wcb.pe.ca

Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board
Phone: (306) 787-4370
Address: 200 - 1881 Scarth Street
P.O. Box 1150
Regina, SK   S4P 4L1
Website: www.wcbsask.com

Puerto Rico State Insurance Fund Corporation
Phone: (787) 793-5959
Address: G.P.O. Box 365028
P.O. Box 1150
San Juan, PR   00936-5028
Website: www.cfse.gov.pr
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Workers' Comp Journalists Share Tips for Success

By Liz Johnson, Senior Communications Specialist, Pinnacol Assurance

While most workers' compensation companies are understandably cautious when working with reporters, building positive working relationships with trade media can be an extremely effective way to support your organization’s business goals. I’ve found that focusing on building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with trade reporters is the best approach. It can be intimidating to know where to start, and sometimes an effective first step is to simply interview a reporter about their coverage area, audience, interests, and work style. This demonstrates your willingness and ability to create unique and thoughtful content opportunities for that reporter.

For this article we interviewed (via email) two journalists who cover workers’ compensation: Liz Carey (LC), who has been a journalist, writer, and editor for nearly 25 years and covers workers’ compensation for workerscompensation.com, and Elaine Goodman (EG) who has served as a reporter since 2015 for workcompcentral.

What are the most interesting issues you're covering related to workers' comp right now? What emerging trends are you excited about covering?

LC: Three things I'm covering that are most interesting to me and seem to be gaining attention nationally are: automation and artificial intelligence in workers' compensation; the gig economy and how states are addressing workers' compensation for the growing contract workforce/freelance workforce, and changes, if any, in state policies toward immigrants/illegal aliens and workers' compensation.

EG: As medical/business reporter at WorkCompCentral since 2015, I’ve been reporting regularly on efforts to reduce opioid prescribing. A key question is what non-drug therapies will emerge as the preferred alternatives for treating pain in injured workers.

How technology is changing workers’ compensation is another fascinating topic—whether it’s telemedicine, predictive analytics, or digital insurance distribution. The impact of the gig economy will also be interesting to watch.

One subject I’ve found particularly intriguing is the use of exoskeletons to help someone walk again after a disabling injury. The device seems to have the potential to make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Insurance is undergoing a "digital transformation," as you know, to keep up with consumer demands and changing technology. Can you draw any parallels between these changes and what your media outlet is experiencing (with regard to digital transformation and consumer demands)?

LC: People want digital documents, links to sources, multimedia representation of stories... there's a need to not only get information, but to be able to check sources and make sure the story isn't fake news.

What's the "untold story" of workers' comp that you're curious about but have not seen?

LC: I want to see how the lives of workers' compensation professionals has changed in the world of Trump, opioids, shifting budgets, and sky-rocketing health insurance costs. I want to see what is happening to the office workers who are getting replaced by automation and digital transformation. I want to see the day-to-day stories of what it is like to be an injured worker in the system. I want to see, in a world of paperless billing, paperless offices, and paperless files, how much paper is actually generated and filed when it comes to the average workers' compensation claim. And I want to see whether or not error rates are going up or down because of automation, digital billing, and artificial intelligence.

EG: So much of the focus is on data and numbers. It would be great to follow a day in the life of a claims examiner or nurse case manager. What does an injured worker experience at various stages of recovery? What is it like for the employee and the employer when an injured worker returns on modified duty?

What pitches do you want to see more of?

LC: Human stories. Saving money for businesses is great, but I want to see human beings. And I want to see stories that relate to other stories in the news [note: Carey covers national workers’ compensation issues but here, she is using Ohio-focused examples]—i.e., does Ohio have any Christian work rehab camps like CAAIR? What is Ohio's policy on workplace shootings? How are Ohio nuclear workers dealing with the federal government to get compensated for cancers they developed dealing with Fernald? What happens if a restaurant worker is injured during an Oktoberfest celebration? That sort of thing...

What constitutes a good media source?

LC: A good source talks in short, complete sentences and is willing to back up their comments with data or reports. A good source is available via phone or email. A good source answers questions completely, without using too much technical jargon.

Please give us one piece of advice that will help us work better with our valued media partners.

LC: Pitch often, but don't be discouraged by rejection. We can't get to all of the stories out there. And please, please, please, be prompt in getting back to someone. It's terribly frustrating to be on deadline, get no response, and then get a response from someone you didn't call three days later.

EG: Something basic but sometimes overlooked is to clearly identify a media contact, including phone number and email address, on press releases as well as your website.

Want more media relations tips from the pros? AASCIF Communications Committee representatives will be conducting media training and opportunistic communications sessions for attendees at the 2018 AASCIF Annual Conference.

 

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