Workers’ compensation insurers in Texas reported nearly 100,000 COVID-19 claims and 472 deaths between March 2020 and April of this year, and more than half of both involved first responders and correctional officers, according to new data released by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation.
A fact sheet released Friday shows that insurers denied about 39% of positive test claims for Covid-19, but only 258 claims had been submitted to the division as of April 30.
The figures also show that just over 34% of covid-19 claims included both medical benefits and compensation benefits. Most claims were for compensation payments only.
The division reported that the total number of claims filed between March 2020 and March 2023 was 15% higher than in the 37-month period immediately preceding the pandemic.
Most of the reported COVID-19 claims involved male workers under the age of 40, and a majority of the claims were concentrated in 10 Texas counties.
The numbers were based on administrative claims data from insurers based on benefits paid as of May 5 on claims reported as of March 31.