Marijuana Waxes as Opioids Wane in Workers Comp
Workers’ compensation insurers have slashed spending on opioids, reducing the risk of addiction and delayed recovery, but now they are under increasing pressure to reimburse injured workers for a new kind of elixir.
Six states now allow or require insurers to reimburse workers’ compensation claimants for medical marijuana if its use is deemed reasonable and necessary, according to an analysis by researchers for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute. Another 10 states haven’t staked out a position, meaning marijuana reimbursement may eventually be required.
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