A new investigation conducted by NPR and ProPublica is deeply critical of the workers’ compensation system across the nation. In particular, the authors cite the arduous process of approval for medical treatment recommended by the injured employee’s doctor, lack of choice of physician in most states, and statutory limits on certain types of benefits in many states. Referencing the 1972 Commission on workers’ comp under President Nixon, the authors find that state laws have become even more “inadequate and inequitable” over time, and present several cases of employees forced into destitution or increased disability as a result of their treatment at the hands of their employer’s insurer. Sharp reductions in benefits have sparked constitutional challenges in Florida and Oklahoma in the last year, and the national conversation has revolved around whether or not the “Grand Bargain” is still a fair deal for workers.
Read the feature via NPR here.