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Californians accounted for 22.3 percent of all cash and medical benefits paid to injured workers in calendar year 2004, according to the latest estimates released by the National Academy of Social Insurance.

The NASI findings were reported by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute, which noted the academy’s data does not fully reflect the effect of reforms passed in the state between 2002 and 2004–many of which were not fully implemented or did not take effect until after 2004. CWCI said its own information, as well as data from the California Rating Bureau and others, show that claim costs, frequency and premiums are all down sharply since 2004.

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