Obamacare Found to Have No Effect on Workers’ Compensation Claimants
For the first half of this decade, as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare) was being implemented, a common concern among medical professionals and labor experts was that the new healthcare law may limit access to treatment for workers’ compensation claimants. However, a report published earlier this month by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) found “no discernible impact on crowding out workers’ compensation claimants from access to primary care services through 2014.”
What Does This Mean?
It should be noted that Obamacare was not intended to address workers’ compensation. Still, the concern was that the increase in new health insurance beneficiaries would inhibit access to the same medical care sought by workers’ compensation claimants.
While the Affordable Care Act has been a political football since the earliest days of its debate, it’s encouraging to see that increased access to health care (20 million more Americans now have health insurance) has not had a negative impact on workers’ ability to procure workers’ compensation benefits.
Protecting Your Rights
The Law Office of Michael L. Studd provides workers’ compensation assistance to clients in Pittsburgh and those living throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Having represented our state’s workers for more than a decade, Michael is proud to offer compassionate, personalized legal assistance to each and every client. Call our office at (412) 400-6157 for more information regarding Obamacare’s impact on your rights as a Pennsylvania worker.