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Workers' compensation trends in 2017

Workers' compensation is a resource that injured workers can use for medical expenses or lost wages. Kentucky workers who may require these types of benefits in the future may be interested to learn about possible developments pertaining to the programs that may occur in 2017.

According to a representative of Communications and Strategic Analysis at Safety National, the results of gubernatorial elections that will take place in 12 states this year, as well as the arrival of the current presidential administration, may prompt changes in workers' compensation policies. For example, a recommendation by the United States Department of Labor to restructure the workers' compensation system may be on hold as the Trump administration is a proponent of less government involvement.

Changes to the Affordable Care Act may also affect workers' compensation. Numerous health insurers left the marketplace in response to the passage of the legislation and spurred higher premium prices and lower competition. There may be a focus on population health wellness rather than the continued use of the current sick care system.

Another issue that may arise is the use of resources from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which shifted its focus from education into enforcement during the Obama administration. How the agency is allowed to use its resources may change. he previous administration also saw a rise in enforcement action with regard to the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Issues such as parental leave and accommodations under the ADA are expected to be debated in 2017.

Individuals who sustain work injuries may want to meet with an attorney if their workers' compensation claim has been denied or disputed. The attorney could provide advocacy at a subsequent appeals hearing after reviewing the documentation and other evidence supporting the worker's eligibility.

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