In November of 2010, hearings were held by the US House Education and Labor Committee to learn of shortcomings of NY workers’ comp programs as well as those of other states from experts around the country. It may seem strange that Congress would be interested in workers’ compensation at all, considering each state runs and provides funds for their own compensation programs, but it is believed by many that failing workers’ comp systems are putting more stress on the federal systems of welfare and Social Security Disability Insurance.
One of the problems discussed during the meeting included a belief that the need for workers’ compensation benefits are high but people who need them are being prevented from receiving them because of increasingly stringent standards.
Will Congress Step in?
Many federal lawmakers agree that state workers’ compensation programs need to be modified in order to relieve the federal welfare and SSDI programs, but the problem is agreeing on what changes should be made and how Congress should get involved.
What Does This Mean for NY Workers’ Compensation Claims?
It’s likely that any reform to NY Workers’ Compensation programs will be delayed considerably. The general belief is that if federal welfare programs are required to shoulder the financial burden of injured workers not receiving enough benefits under workers’ comp programs and state welfare programs, then lawmakers may need to step forward and initiate change on a federal level to assist people injured at work across all states.
If you have suffered serious work injury or have become disabled due to your job, call a skilled New York workers’ compensation attorney, like Markhoff & Mittman. Workers’ comp lawyers make sure you get the benefits you’re entitled to.