Montana Workers Comp Premiums are Nation’s Highest

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – A new study says Montana has the nation’s highest workers compensation premiums.

The study undertaken every two years by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services found Montana’s premium rates this year are $3.33 for every $100 of payroll.

The median rate for the nation is $2.04 per $100 of payroll.

The report, released this month, lists Montana as just one of three states that topped the $3 mark.

Montana Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Webb Brown said in a statement Thursday the ranking is a black eye for the state. His organization called on the Legislature to change workers compensation laws when it meets in January.

The business association says high premiums hurt wage levels and Montana’s image as a business-friendly state.

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