Attorney General backs ending cash-strapped disability fund - KMOV.com

Attorney General backs ending cash-strapped disability fund

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says a state fund for disabled workers is on financial life support and should be terminated.

Koster said Wednesday that Missouri's Second Injury Fund has expenses that far outpace revenues and has already delayed more than $14 million in payments awarded to people as a means to keep it from going insolvent. The fund is used for workers who already have a disability, then suffer a second injury on the job.

Koster said he believes the state fund should be phased out, allowing future claims to be handled through workers compensation insurance and the courts. As an alternative, he says lawmakers should at least allow actuarial experts to determine the necessary fees to be charged to businesses, so that the disability fund can be replenished.

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