The Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) updated COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims data, with insurance carriers reporting 98,000 COVID-19 claims and 468 fatalities through February 2023.
DWC put out a data call with 74 selected insurance carriers to gather information on how workers’ compensation claims through Dec. 31, 2022.
According to a report put out by DWC this month, more than two-thirds of all claims (70%) involved injured employees who tested positive or were diagnosed with COVID-19. Insurance carriers denied 38% of COVID-19 positive test claims. Despite more than 25,000 denials of COVID-19 claims with positive tests or diagnoses, there were only 239 disputes filed with DWC as of February 5, 2023.
“Although COVID-19 caused a brief shutdown for some jobs and moved others to remote work, the total number of workers’ compensation claims reported to DWC during the 34 months of the pandemic (March 2020 through December 2022) was 16% higher than the 34 months immediately before the pandemic (May 2017 through February 2020),” the report said.
COVID-19 claims spiked in January 2022 (12,532). Only 30 claims were reported in February 2023.