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Friday, August 15, 2008

Workers’ Comp by an ATM Machine

Workers’ Compensation is high finance and the delivery of benefits a costly procedure. JP Morgan Chase & Co. has announced that it will issue a Visa credit card underwritten by workers’ compensation funds. Ohio’s Central Mutual Insurance Co. is expected to be one of the first companies to use this financial mechanism for distribution of funds.

Since injured workers are probably in financial distress to begin with, as they lack adequate wage replacements and are disabled, it will be important to watch what safeguards are put in place to regulate this vehicle so that the captive market of injured workers does not become prey to credit card companies.

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