U.S. workers' compensation payments for medical care and cash benefits for workers injured on the job increased 2.0% to $55.4 billion in 2007, according to a study released by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), a non-profit group in Washington, D.C. The modest growth in national spending in 2007 (the most recent year with complete data) reflects large declines in California cash benefit payments that followed reforms enacted in 2003 and 2004.

A 10% decline in California's cash payments to injured workers in 2007 followed declines in 2006 and 2005, as well.

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