New Hampshire has approved a new workers’ compensation law that includes payment declarations for medical procedures. “For the first time, a New Hampshire legislative committee has tied workers’ compensation costs to a medical fee schedule determined by insurance data, though it does give the state Department of Labor the power to deviate from it in specific instances” according to the New Hampshire Business Review.
In response to this change, providers are likely to restrict payment and doctors are likely to see fewer patients. This could potentially make accessing health care more difficult. As a result, workers will return to work later than they would have before and indemnity payments- paid medical costs- will rise.
Navigate’s views on this matter are in favor of the free market system over scheduling services. New Hampshire happens to be one of the more employer-friendly states in New England and is pretty tough on people who are out on workers’ compensation. Indemnity payments in New Hampshire are 60% of a worker’s wage while most states pay around 67%. Lower weekly compensation is a disincentive to stay home. New Hampshire does a great job walking the line of taking care of both employees and employers by making sure employees get the care they need, and that they also get back to work as soon as they are able.
This change in New Hampshire’s worker’s compensation law is likely to increase your indemnity payments. Be on the lookout for more additions to the law in the next few months. For more information about the changes in workers’ compensation and how they affect your business click here.
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Tom DiSilva has been providing professional human resource services for over 30 years. As the CEO of Navigate PEO, he actively partners with organizations of all sizes in the Greater New England area and across the country to help their businesses grow. He has expertise in HR and Labor Management, offering guidance and support for key areas of business such as negotiations, operations management, employee coaching, and employee benefits design.