2019 promises to be an eventful year in workers’ compensation, picking up where an active 2018 left off. We expect to see the continuation and expansion of some 2018 trends, as well as new initiatives with the potential to impact pharmacy benefit management in workers’ comp, including:
New Leadership: The balance of power shifted in seven state legislative bodies with five flipping to Democratic control (CO, ME, NH, NY, WA), and one each to Republican (AR) and split party control (MN). Twenty states elected new governors, with seven changing from Republican to Democratic administrations (ME, MI, WI, IL, KS, NM, NV) and one changing from Independent to Republican (AK). At the federal level, Democrats now control the U.S. House of Representatives.