Boca Raton, FL – The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently released its 2019 Regulatory and Legislative Trends Report.
The resource for workers compensation industry stakeholders provides an overview of key legislative, regulatory, judicial, and other developments. The publication is released annually to align with the legislative cycle, and includes the latest countrywide, regional, and individual state actions and trends as of June 30, 2019.
“Our Regulatory and Legislative Trends Report monitors what’s happening around the workers compensation system to keep stakeholders updated and to help them make informed decisions,” said Bill Donnell, president and CEO of NCCI.
“Legislation impacting first responders continued to be a hot topic this year,” said Laura Kersey, author of the report and NCCI Executive Director, Regulatory & Legislative Analysis. “NCCI tracked 122 bills addressing workers compensation coverage for first responders. The bills included compensability for certain cancers and other diseases, as well as compensability for mental-only injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The report also highlights hot topics and legislative trends, such as the legalization of marijuana.”
Key legislative themes and significant legislative proposals from around the country in the report include:
- Workers compensation coverage for mental-only injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, for first responders
- Legalization of marijuana and reimbursement of medical marijuana in workers compensation
- Single payer health insurance systems
- Prescription drugs and the use of opioids in workers compensation
- Court cases impacting workers compensation
- New administrators
- Average approved changes in loss costs and rates
Read the free report: NCCI: 2019 Regulatory and Legislative Trends Report (PDF)