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WA Proposes 12 Percent W/C Hike After Voters Reject Privatization

A 12 percent average statewide increase in workers' compensation rates in Washington State has been proposed after voters rejected an initiative to privatize the state...
November 16, 2010

A 12 percent average statewide increase in workers' compensation rates in Washington State has been proposed after voters rejected an initiative to privatize the state monopoly. The new rates will take effect January 1 under an emergency rule that will keep them in effect for 120 days. Permanent rates will be adopted following public hearings in Spokane and Tacoma on January 4. In Washington, private insurers are blocked from offering workers' compensation coverage. Large employers currently have the option to self-insure. The privatization ballot initiative was defeated by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin.