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PRESS RELEASE: Oregon Workers' Compensation Benefits Increase

For Immediate Release: August 16, 2011

Contact: Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, DC— 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.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Coverage, 2009
OREGON
Aggregate Amounts
2009
Change in Percent
Covered workers (in millions)
1.6
-6.3
Covered wages (in billions)
$63.6
-5.8
Workers' compensation benefits paid (in millions)
$623
2.6
     Medical benefits
324
2.8
     Cash benefits 299 2.4
Medical benefits share 52% -
UNITED STATES
Covered workers (in millions)
124.9
-4.4
Covered wages (in billions)
$5,675
-4.7
Workers' compensation benefits paid (in billions) $58.3 0.4
     Medical benefits
28.9
-1.1
     Cash benefits
29.4
1.9
Employer costs  $73.9 -7.6
Source: National Academy of Social Insurance, 2011.

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.

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: For a copy of the printed report, media can contact Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097 or by e-mail at jillbraun@nasi.org.  All others should contact Ishita Sengupta at isengupta@nasi.org.

EXPERTS TO CONTACT:


Ishita Sengupta
National Academy of Social Insurance
(202) 452-8097
isengupta@nasi.org


John F. Burton, Jr.
Rutgers University and
Cornell University
(732) 274-0600
jfburtonjr@aol.com


Lisa Morawski
Department of Consumer and Business Services
(503) 947-7897
lisa.m.morawski@state.or.us

 

The National Academy of Social Insurance 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.