Louisiana is one of 15 states with “reverse offset” laws for workers’ comp and SSDI benefits that could be targeted for elimination under President Trump’s proposed budget. Reverse offset essentially means that workers’ comp benefits are reduced when a claimant is also receiving SSDI benefits, meaning effectively that workers’ comp payers save money. In the other 35 states, SSDI benefits are reduced and workers’ comp benefits remain the same when there is an approved claim for both. The Trump budget calls for the elimination of these laws. Estimates indicate that such a move would result in a small savings (by federal spending standards) of $164 million over 10 years.
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