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The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a research and advocacy group that supports voluntary workers’ comp and opt-out, released a new report analyzing Texas’ nonsubscription model. The report concludes that other states could benefit from Texas’ optional coverage system, arguing that low costs in the state represent “its success relative to the rest of the country [which] can largely be ascribed to the fact that it is the only state with a thriving private sector work-injury benefit option to state-mandated workers’ compensation programs.” According to the report, five percent of Texas employees are not covered either by standard comp or an alternative plan. The Foundation argues that nonsubscribing employers have greater incentive to keep employees safe and that the frequency of severe injuries decreases in a voluntary system.

Access the study here.

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