A Half-Million in Texas Without Workplace Insurance

At least a half-million Texas workers have no occupational insurance coverage, either from a state-approved workers' compensation plan or from a private equivalent, state insurance officials said Tuesday.

The figures, provided by the Texas Department of Insurance, provoked impassioned debate at a legislative hearing about policy solutions in the only state in the country where the decision to carry workers' compensation insurance or a private equivalent is voluntary for companies of any size.

The Texas House Committee on Business and Industry is studying the voluntary workers' compensation system, the shifting of costs to taxpayers and proposals for improving care for ...

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