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Obamacare’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drug Costs: Experts Predict Greater Drug Utilization and Offer Solutions
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. The near certainty that provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare, will contribute to the increasing tendency to prescribe workers’ compensation claimants opioids prompted Risk & Insurance to conduct... Read More

Workers Comp and the Affordable Healthcare Act
Posted on 3 Jul 2012 by Julius Young

Assuming that Obamacare isn't grievously wounded by Congressional de-funding and that a Romney win in the election doesn't result in repeal of the law, what effect will it have on workers' comp? I've already received several client e... Read More

Workers’ Compensation Under Romneycare Provides Clues for Nationwide Future of Systems
Posted on 29 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. Uncertainty regarding how the U.S. Supreme Court deciding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was constitutional would impact workers’ compensation systems makes this a good time to review an expert’s... Read More

Experts, Officials, Media Offer Their Two Cents on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Affordable Care Act
Posted on 29 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. The U.S. Supreme Court announcing its decision that the Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA and Obamacare, was constitutional was a “where were you” moment in American history. Key quotes from the majority and dissent... Read More

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Insurance Industry, Including Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 7 Jul 2012 by Robin E. Kobayashi

In an interview with, Dr. Robert Hartwig of the Insurance Information Institute gave a rundown on the impact of the ACA on the insurance industry, now that the Act has been declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court: Health care... Read More

Truth and Consequences of the Affordable Care Act: Shifting of Patient Treatment From General Healthcare to Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 20 Mar 2015 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

By Ryan Benharris, Esq. The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on National Workers’ Compensation was the leadoff session at the 2015 Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Annual Convention. “Resilience or Renovation,” was... Read More

Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation Claims in California
Posted on 7 May 2018 by Roger Rabb

A new study finds some impacts of the ACA on California workers’ compensation claims, but perhaps not as much as expected. By Roger Rabb, J.D. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect in January 2014 and the numbers for California indicate... Read More

Workers’ Compensation and Its Secondary Payers: Medicare and Medicaid
Posted on 13 Feb 2015 by Vernon R. Sumwalt

Last November I had the pleasure of participating in a panel with two more eminently qualified folks—Jennifer C. Jordan of MEDVAL, LLC and Tim Nay at Nay & Friedenberg —about Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance at the 23rd Annual... Read More

Affordable Care Act Case-Shifting Incentives May Result in Increased Medical Costs for Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 2 Oct 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

As incentives within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) push more and more patients toward so-called “capitated” health insurance plans—in which payments are “prospectively” made to health care providers... Read More

Blueprint for HIPAA and ADA Compliant Wellness Programs: Encouraging Good Health Reduces Workers’ Compensation Expenses
Posted on 26 Jul 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. The article “Guidance for a Reasonably Designed, Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Using Outcomes-Based Incentives” in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine demonstrates how employer-sponsored outcomes... Read More

Affordable Care Act: How It Can Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs and Provide Better Outcomes for Injured Workers
Posted on 2 Jul 2015 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

By Ryan Benharris, Esq. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the unpredictability on its future effect on workers’ compensation systems across the country continue to be a hot topic among workers’ compensation scholars... Read More

Does the Affordable Care Act Push Medical Expenses Toward Workers' Comp Insurers?
Posted on 14 Jul 2016 by Thomas A. Robinson

Recent JAMA Study Indirectly Supports Earlier WCRI Findings Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 23, 2010, there has been a debate within the workers’ compensation (WC) world as to whether one of the ACA’s... Read More

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup: Powered by Larson's (7/9/2012)
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Robert Hartwig, Insurance Information Institute, Discusses... Read More

Hurricane Obamacare: Experts Attempt to Forecast Impact of Affordable Care Act on Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 25 Mar 2014 by John Stahl

Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Executive Director Richard Victor, Ph.D. of Cambridge, Massachusetts stated in his presentation “Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Workers’ Compensation” during WCRI’s 2014... Read More

Obamacare Architect Estimates Three-Year Delay in Accurately Understanding Affordable Care Act Impact on Workers’ Compensation
Posted on 20 Mar 2014 by John Stahl

The statement of economist Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D. , of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts that a three-year news blackout regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have had merit was arguably the most memorable moment... Read More