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Recent trends in workers' compensation.
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PMID:  17972786     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Workers' compensation provides cash benefits and medical care to employees who are injured on the job and survivor benefits to the dependents of workers whose deaths result from work-related incidents. Workers' compensation programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia and federal programs together paid $56.0 billion in medical and cash benefits in 2004, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2003 payments. Of the total, $26.1 billion was for medical care and $29.9 billion was for cash benefits. Employers' costs for workers' compensation in 2004 were $87.4 billion, an increase of 7.0 percent over 2003 spending. Workers' compensation programs and spending vary greatly from state to state. As a source of support for disabled workers, workers' compensation is currently surpassed in size only by Social Security Disability Insurance (DI), which covers impairments of any cause that are significant, long-term impediments to work. Although most recipients of workers' compensation recover and return to work, those with lasting impairments may become eligible for DI benefits, subject to an offset to avoid excessive wage replacement from both programs.
Ishita Sengupta; Virginia Reno
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social security bulletin     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0037-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Secur Bull     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-01     Completed Date:  2008-01-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  22030305R     Medline TA:  Soc Secur Bull     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  17-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Academy of Social Insurance, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Disabled Persons*
Insurance Benefits / economics*
Insurance, Disability
Social Security
United States
United States Social Security Administration
Workers' Compensation / economics*

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