Oklahoma employees who like to remain apprised of developments in the workers' compensation field may be interested to know of the issues they should pay attention to in 2017. The possible changes in the industry may be the result of the 2016 presidential election and the outcomes of the gubernatorial elections that will occur in 2017.
A repeal of or changes to the Affordable Care Act may impact workers' compensation. The passage of the ACA resulted in many health insurers leaving the marketplace, which in turn caused premium prices to increase and competition to decline. A worker's compensation industry expert has stated a focus should be placed on the population wellness instead of continuing to use the present sick care system.