Workers Compensation Commission Created in NH

By Joe Gullo

Published 09/04 2014 01:38PM

Updated 09/04 2014 02:24PM

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan issued an executive order on Thursday creating a commission to recommend reforms to reduce workers' compensation medical costs.

A press release says the commission will review data behind New Hampshire's high workers' compensation costs; analyze efforts by other states who have successfully reduced costs; review how other states have ensured access to quality care for injured workers; and develop a reforms that will reduce costs and premiums while improving the system.

“Employers and workers have done their part to increase workplace safety, but New Hampshire has become one of the most expensive states in the nation for workers’ compensation, a burden on businesses across the state,” Governor Hassan said. “By bringing together business leaders and experts from insurance, health care and labor, the Commission to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs provides an opportunity for stakeholders to identify ways to reduce workers’ compensation medical costs and ensure that injured workers have access to quality care."

The Commission’s final report is due to the Governor on December 1, 2014.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department Commissioner Roger Sevigny will be the chairman of the Commission to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs. Other members include a diverse group of experts representing workers, employers, insurance professionals and the health care sector.

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