Workers’ compensation and other forms of workers compensation benefit programs are increasingly popular among retirees and other workers.
Now that the state is considering expanding those programs, the question of how much workers’ compensation is paid has emerged as a key factor in the debate.
The federal government paid about $4.3 billion in worker’s compensation benefits last year, according to a study by the California Workers’ Compensation Commission.
The largest beneficiaries are the state’s pension fund and health care system, which both rely heavily on workers’ compensations.
The California Legislature is expected to consider a bill in the coming weeks that would allow workers to claim workers’ comp for expenses they paid for themselves or others.
Workers’ comp was also one of the top reasons why people who died in California’s hospitals were covered by the state.
The workers’ bill, SB 1365, would create a new class of workers, which would include both individuals who died and those who are disabled, said Rep. Joe Simitian, D-Los Angeles, who co-sponsored the bill.
Simitian said the state should not be paying workers for the pain they have endured.
The bill was introduced by Simitians son, Mike, and was co-authored by Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, D.C.
The proposal would also require that workers’ claims for workers’ care be submitted in writing and that workers receive the benefits in person.
The law would also set up a state task force to look at ways to improve the safety of workers’ medical care and to establish a statewide minimum wage.
Simietian said workers’ bills are important, but the most effective way to make sure workers get the help they need is to keep them in the workforce.