Memphis, TN – Helios, a workers’ compensation specialty services provider, recently announced that the company’s vice president of government affairs, Brian Allen, was selected to serve on the Commission to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs in New Hampshire. In an Executive Order issued recently, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan created the Commission. The purpose of the initiative is to bring together business leaders and experts from healthcare, insurance, and labor industries to recommend reforms that will create opportunity to reduce workers’ compensation medical costs and ensure injured workers have access to quality care.
According to the Executive Order issued by Governor Hassan, medical costs in the state have grown to almost 75 percent of total workers’ compensation dollars spent in New Hampshire, compared to about 60 percent nationwide. It also stated that New Hampshire ranked as the ninth-most expensive state for workers’ compensation insurance in 2012—much of which driven by increasing medical costs.
The role of the Commission, as dictated in the Executive Order, is for the members of the Commission to review the laws and regulations of other states that have successfully reduced workers’ compensation medical costs, and make recommendations on actions that could impact New Hampshire workers’ compensation costs while ensuring access to high-quality care.
“I am honored to serve as part of this Commission,” stated Brian Allen. “There have been many successful reforms in other states that New Hampshire can model to make a positive impact in their state.”
The Commission’s final report is due to the Governor on December 1, 2014.