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California insurance covers visitors, too

SACRAMENTO, July 5 (UPI) -- Critics of California's temporary assignment clause of the workers' compensation law said the state was open to insurance abuse.

"It doesn't make sense; it's just crazy," said Frank Neuhauser, executive director of the Center for the Study of Social Insurance at the University of California, Berkeley.

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"We can't have all football players filing claims in California, he said, the Insurance Journal reported Tuesday.

The law allows for workers on temporary assignment in California to file claims if they were hurt in the state. Consequently, retired football players who played only part of their careers in the state have petitioned for benefits, some of them without an injury tied to a specific event, but injuries that come from the cumulative effects of playing a sport for many years.

"It's outrageous," said Curt Hagman, the senior Republican member of the state assembly's Committee on Insurance.

"I'll be looking at this, and I'll potentially be introducing legislation" to close the loophole, Hagman said.

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