NPR reports that a new study from the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) says that:
Injured workers face “inherent conflict of interest,” barriers to benefits, “unequal treatment,” limited appeals, and little to no independent oversight, when employers opt out of state-regulated workers’ compensation.
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez called opt-out a “pathway to poverty.” Barriers to qualifying for compensation for medical care and lost wages are throwing injured workers into poverty. The report discredits claims that these plans serve injured workers, enhance treatment, or are cheaper or quicker.
This article is the newest addition to the ProPublica & NPR series on the dismantling of workers’ compensation. Read the whole series here.