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  1. I was injured in one state and moved a year or so later to a new state. The workers comp rules and regulation variances between the two states has made it very difficult to receive medical treatment. My physician of record in the new state refused to follow the guidelines of the state where i was injured and subsequently dropped me as a patient. It took me three years to find a new doctor that would accept the out of state workers comp insurance and follow the guidelines! During that period, i had to go outside of the w/c system for medical treatments hoping that i would be reimbursed after a new doctor was found and a new treatment plan was accepted. This is not the case. My lawyer has informed me that it is NOT likely that i will be reimbursed for these medical expenses because i did not follow the protocols of the state where i was injured. I would think that in the year 2017 in the USA, workers comp benefits would transfer easily to all 50 states! Are there any laws that would help me in this regard? I was injured in Hawaii and moved to Ohio. Hawaii has an open insurance w/c system wherein insurance is purchased from various insurance companies . Ohio has a statewide workers comp system; the insurance is purchased from the state. The statewide system is very streamlined and rigid and the medical professionals have declined to treat out of state injured workers. Please let me know your thoughts on this issue and if there are any laws or directives concerning insurance portability. Thanks in advance. Mark (NoAloha)
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