We don’t know if health insurance reform is going to pass–or if it does, what form it will take, whether it will provide for universal coverage, how it will be funded, or if there will be a public plan option. But we do know health reform will affect workers’ compensation–at least indirectly.

Although there has been some talk about the potential for workers’ comp medical to be included in health care reform, nothing could be further from the truth. There is no discussion or intention to include workers’ comp in any reform package now under consideration in Washington.

But will health care reform meaningfully impact workers’ comp? Absolutely! If–and it’s a big IF–reform passes into law, workers’ comp will be indirectly, but significantly, affected. Here’s how.

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