Oregon Workers' Compensation Benefits Increase

Aug 16, 2011, 08:30 ET from The National Academy of Social Insurance

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Workers' compensation benefits to workers injured on the job in Oregon increased by 2.6 percent to $623 million in 2009, according to a study released today by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).  In 2009 (the most recent year with complete data), the number of covered workers in Oregon fell to 1.6 million, a 6.3 percent drop from the previous year, due in large part to the economic downturn.

Workers' compensation benefits for medical care increased by 2.8 percent to $324 million and cash benefits increased by 2.4 percent to $299 million in 2009. Medical benefits continued to make up more than half of total benefits in 2009 in Oregon.

Nationally, workers' compensation benefits increased 0.4 percent to $58.3 billion. This change included both a 1.1 percent decrease in medical benefits and 1.9 percent increase in cash benefits. Employment of covered workers fell by 4.4 percent, while employer costs declined by 7.6 percent; both numbers represent the biggest percentage declines in over 20 years.

The new report, Workers' Compensation: Benefits, Coverage and Costs, 2009, is the fourteenth in the series which provides the only comprehensive data on workers' compensation benefits for the nation, the states, the District of Columbia, and federal programs.

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The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy.

SOURCE The National Academy of Social Insurance