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Workers' Compensation is a no-fault insurance program designed to help injured workers and protect their employers at the same time. But in California, employers- insurance premiums are sky high while workers- benefits are below the national average. Governor Schwarzenegger says he-s willing to make a deal, but says he'll go back to the ballot if Democrats don-t finalize it this week. That could pit doctors, lawyers and workers against insurance firms and employers in a $40-million political campaign with an uncertain outcome that one columnist has dubbed -a three-dimensional chess game with huge stakes.- We hear what-s at stake from Democratic Senator Richard Alarc-n, Bill Hauck of the California Business Roundtable and Dan Weintraub of the Sacramento Bee.
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Governor Schwarzenegger's Workers' Compensation Reform proposal

California Division of Workers' Compensation

State Compensation Insurance Fund

California Competitiveness Project

Alarc-n's bill on workers' comp rates (SBX4 8)

Alarc-n's bill on workers' comp (SBX4 9)

Health care coverage (SB 2, 2002)

Sacramento Bee article on possible workers' comp deal

Producers:
Frances Anderton

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