NH Senate punts on workers' compensation reform deal
CONCORD (AP) - Senators have pushed off a deal to reform New Hampshire's workers' compensation insurance laws.
The chamber voted Thursday to send a tentative deal, which would've given providers three years to bring down costs on their own without government price fixing, back to a committee for further discussion. New Hampshire's workers' compensation costs are among the highest in the nation, with surgeries for on-the-job injuries often costing more than double the same surgeries for non-work related injuries.
Businesses, led by the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association, want the state to impose a fee schedule, which would set caps on how much providers can charge to care for injured workers. But providers and workers say government price fixing could reduce access to care. A deal on reform has been elusive for several years.