COVID-19 in the California Workers' Compensation System: A Study of COVID-19 Claims and Presumptions Under Senate Bill 1159   [open html - 0B]

From the Document: "This report describes work undertaken by the RAND Corporation for the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) in the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). The goal of this study is three-fold: (1) evaluate the overall impacts of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] claims on California's workers' compensation system, (2) evaluate the overall impacts of COVID-19 claims on California's workers' compensation indemnity benefits, medical benefits, and death benefits, including differences in the impacts across differing occupational groups, and (3) assess the overall and cost impacts of the frontline worker and outbreak presumptions created by Senate Bill (SB) 1159 on California workers' compensation system. This mixed-methods evaluation has two main tasks. First, describe the volume and outcomes of COVID-19 claims and estimate the associated costs. Second, document the views and experiences of key stakeholders. The main stakeholder groups were: [1] Workers who contracted COVID-19 and inquired about or used the workers' compensation system for COVID-19 claims and medical care provision [2] Public health officials [3] Claims administrators and employers from frontline and known-outbreak industries across Northern and Southern California."

2021 California Department of Industrial Relations
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