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How can we reduce the number of working adults who lose their jobs or leave the workforce after their ability to work has been disrupted by a health condition—and conversely how can we increase the number who get the help they need to stay employed?
As part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative this national online dialogue shares draft policy recommendations for how to accomplish this objective. In our view, doing so requires answering two critical questions:
Question 1:How can we establish widespread recognition that paid work is a positive life outcome following a health challenge?
Question 2:How can we ensure that the parties with the most direct influence become more accountable for delivering positive SAW/RTW outcomes?
Achieving all of these goals means overcoming significant challenges. The stakeholders who respond to workers’ health problems—health care professionals, health insurers, employers, and the workers’ compensation and private disability insurance industries operate in a fragmented system that does not encourage coordination or collaboration. Ensuring that more workers remain employed despite a challenging health condition will require strong policy leadership, targeted research, effective social marketing, and a sustained attention to essential technical details regarding payment mechanisms and data capture.
We are looking forward to receiving your input on establishing work and full participation in life as accountable health outcomes. Please take the time to Register or Log In (if you have already registered) in order to share your ideas and suggestions by commenting and voting on the six policy recommendations listed below.
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