Nearly 25% of compensation claims for covid-19 workers in Texas who involved professional services or hospital / institutional services received these services more than a month after the injury, according to a report released Tuesday by the Texas Department of Insurance.
As of May 1, insurance companies reported more than 83,000 COVID-19 claims and 448 deaths to the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation, with 51% of those claims and 55% of deaths involving first responders and probation officers, according to the report, which compiled data from 74 insurance companies .
Sixty-six percent of all injuries involved injured employees who tested positive or were diagnosed with covid-19. The insurance companies accepted 58% of the positive test requirements for covid-19.
Despite more than 21,000 rejections of COVID-19 claims with positive tests or diagnoses, there were only 184 disputes submitted to DWC on 1 May.
Thirty-five percent of covid-19 claims filed had medical or reimbursement payments linked to them. Most of the benefits paid out on covid-19 were indemnity benefits, particularly employer salaries and temporary income benefits, compared to medical benefits, according to the report.