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ACC to consult with 2900 staff over restructure

Thursday, December 6 2018 - Tom Pullar-Strecker, Stuff
The Accident Compensation Corporation will consult with 2900 staff over a restructure but says it is too soon say whether there will be any job losses. The state-owned insurer will change the way it handles claims next year after deciding earlier this year to double down on a $669 million transformation project.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/business-top-stories/109152044/acc-to-consult-with-2900-staff-over-restructure

Leading lawyers back major ACC revamp

Friday, November 23 2018 - Rod Vaughan, Auckland District Law Society
Some of New Zealand’s leading ACC law experts are backing a call by former Prime Minister, Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC, for a major overhaul of New Zealand’s accident compensation system.
https://www.adls.org.nz/for-the-profession/news-and-opinion/2018/11/23/leading-lawyers-back-major-acc-revamp/

ACC's undocumented 'blank cheque' letters could number into tens of thousands, lawyer says

Monday, November 19 2018 - Cate Broughton, Stuff
Tens of thousands of "blank template" letters have been left out of ACC's official reporting on how many claims it approves or declines. Barrister Warren Forster, who has represented hundreds of ACC claimants, said in his experience the "CM03" documents were like "blank cheque" letters, often used by ACC staff to decline claims for cover and entitlements. ACC said the letters could not be retrieved as it "would require ACC to undertake an extensive manual search through all claim files", but the agency was confident only a small number were used to decline claims. Forster said it was "disturbing" a large government agency had such a significant gap in data, when that information was used for statistical modelling to manage claims.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/108625960/accs-undocumented-blank-cheque-letters-could-number-into-tens-of-thousands-lawyer-says

Change to help reform ACC

Saturday, November 10 2018 - Mike Houlahan, Otago Daily Times
Dunedin barrister Warren Forster has launched a nationwide survey as part of research aimed at reforming the accident compensation system.
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/chance-help-reform-acc

ACC says bogus case managers for "high risk" claimants legal

Sunday, October 28 2018 - Cate Broughton, Stuff
ACC says it will continue using fake staff names despite the High Court outlawing a similar practice by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/108135251/acc-says-bogus-case-managers-for-high-risk-claimants-legal

One social insurance scheme could work better - expert

Sunday, October 28 2018 - Radio NZ
An accident compensation expert is calling for ACC, health and welfare systems to be combined into one social insurance scheme.
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/369654/one-social-insurance-scheme-could-work-better-expert

Half of ACC disputes are over elective surgery

Thursday, October 25 2018 - Madison Reidy, Stuff
Refusal to pay for elective surgery topped the list of the 10 most common disputes over Accident Compensation Corporation decisions last year. About 5600 formal reviews were taken by claimants against the state insurer in the year to June 2017. ACC figures show 2330 of those complaints were over elective surgeries to treat injuries.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/99004061/most-acc-disputes-are-over-elective-surgery-and-fake-injuries

ACC pays out $1b less to women and is more likely to reject their claims

Tuesday, October 16 2018 - Tom Pullar-Strecker, Stuff
The Accident Compensation Corporation is paying out much more to men than to women. Huge disparities in the number of claims for sports and work-related injuries and motor vehicle accidents meant only about 37 per cent of the payouts made by ACC went to women last year, with 63 per cent going to men. But women are also more likely to have many types of claim turned down.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/107864244/acc-pays-out-1b-less-to-woman-and-is-more-likely-to-reject-their-claims

Disabled Lower Hutt man has ACC compensation re-instated, avoids eviction

Tuesday, October 2 2018 - Cate Broughton, Stuff
A disabled man cut off from ACC payments for seven years has had his weekly compensation re-instated and avoided eviction from his bedsit.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/107558835/disabled-lower-hutt-man-has-acc-compensation-reinstated-avoids-eviction

The ‘no fault’ fallacy: Looking back at our 18 months of ACC hell

Saturday, September 29 2018 - Andrew Dickson, The Spinoff
Eight years ago a birth accident resulted in Andrew Dickson’s son being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Today Dickson’s battle with ACC lays bare the myth at the centre of our ‘no fault’ compensation system.
https://thespinoff.co.nz/parenting/29-09-2018/the-no-fault-fallacy-looking-back-at-our-18-months-of-acc-hell/
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