Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new legislative analysis from NCCI that focuses on three important topics: the gig economy/ independent contractors, single-payer health insurance, and the legalization of marijuana.
The new report captures the latest developments on the topics as of June 1st, and explains how they could potentially impact the workers compensation system. The report notes that California’s “ABC Test” legislation was enacted, other states have considered legislation to institute similar tests. Gig workers were also the focus of legislation in several states during the 2022 legislative session. In 2022, four states considered or are considering single-payer health insurance proposals with a workers compensation component. The report also notes that states continue to legalize marijuana through legislation and ballot measures, both for recreational and medical purposes. States continue to grapple with the issue of medical marijuana reimbursement in workers compensation, and are divided as to whether to allow, require, or prohibit reimbursement.