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NU Online News Service, Jan. 25, 11:34 a.m. EST

Workers’ compensation costs per claim for injured employees’ medical care grew rapidly in California in 2006 and 2007 after years of post-reform decreases, according to a new study.

As a result of reforms enacted from 2002 to 2004, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI)–a Cambridge, Mass.-based not-for-profit research group–said California medical costs per claim changed from being the highest of 15 study states pre-reform to being lower than typical post-reform.

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