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NCCI publishes two reports on how the pandemic has affected employment

Two reports, prepared by NCCI paint a picture that the pandemic is impacting industries and states differently and that the recession and job losses are likely to continue for months.

Average medical costs paid per claim in-network compared with out-of-network: NCCI report

The average medical costs paid per claim are higher in-network for back and shoulder injuries compared with out-of-network claims, though lower for all other injuries, according to a study released by NCCI. In-network claims also tended to cost less for hospital outpatient services and resulted in fewer hospital admittances.

Another wave of marijuana legalization plus Oregon becomes first state to decriminalize small amounts of "hard drugs"

Voters in four states joined the ranks of the 11 states that had already approved recreational marijuana and voters in two states approved medical marijuana. Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota now allow recreational marijuana and Mississippi and South Dakota approved medical marijuana.

For the first time, a state (Oregon) approved the psychedelic drug, magic mushrooms or Psilocybin, for mental health conditions and Washington, D.C., decriminalized its possession or use. Oregon voters also made the possession of small quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and other drugs a civil violation subject to a $100 fine, but no jail time.

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