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October 02, 2012
State sets 2013 WC rates: costs remain stable

Workers’ compensation costs will increase slightly in 2013 in Oregon to track growth in medical claims costs. The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) approved a 1.7 percent change in pure premium, which is the portion of the premium employers pay to cover anticipated claims for job-related injuries and deaths.

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Pure premium reflects only a portion of workers’ compensation costs but is the key factor behind annual cost changes. DCBS says the 1.7 percent is an average—individual employers may see a large increase, no change, or even a rate decrease depending on industry, claims experience, workforce, and other factors. The changes are effective January 1, 2013, but employers will see the changes when they renew their policies.

DCBS Director Patrick Allen notes that while workers’ compensation costs are relatively flat, medical costs are beginning to play a large role in annual changes. Rates remain low nationally with only 11 states and the District of Columbia showing lower rates than Oregon at the beginning of 2012.

For more information visit the DCBS website at www.oregon.gov/DCBS.

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