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A higher incidence of claims combined with a new law will likely cause a double-digit rise in Missouri’s workers’ compensation rates next year, a new report suggests.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) says that, in addition to a 7.6-percentage increase in claims costs, rates will be impacted by a new law that shifts some type of injury claims from a “Second Injury Fund” to the main fund. NCCI estimates that the law will raise annual costs an additional 3 percent. Moreover, the new law allows state officials to impose an additional 3-percent surcharge on workers’ comp premiums in 2014 to help replenish the Second Injury Fund.

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