The Future of Workers’ Compensation under PPACA

What the Massachusetts experience can teach us

Vasanth Sathiyakumar, BA; Daniel J. Stinner, MD; William T. Obremskey, MD, MPH; A. Alex Jahangir, MD; and Manish K. Sethi, MD

In 2009, more than 3 million job-related injury cases were reported in the United States, resulting in approximately
$74 billion in healthcare expenditures. Although workers’ compensation costs annually account for approximately 1.5 percent of employers’ compensation expenditures, workers’ compensation insurance premiums were up 7.4 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. As a result, aggregate workers’ compensation expenditures make up a small yet important component of national healthcare expenses.

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