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Governor Rauner proposes measures seeking to improve business

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently presented proposed amendments to the state’s workers’ compensation system that aim to “rebalance the fee schedule to find savings while protecting access to quality care and still compensating providers fairly.”

This has spurred the state House of Representatives Democratic Caucus to draft specific resolutions to make this possible. “While we are not proposing to reduce benefit levels, we have asked lawmakers to address circumstances for which the system was not designed,” Rauner said.

In line with this, legislators pushed forward a measure that seeks to bestow the Illinois Department of Insurance the authority to assess insurance rates before they are implemented and reject rates the agency finds unreasonable. This reform is already implemented in 25 other states, including Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, injuries that qualify for compensation occur at a rate of 2,883 per 100,000 workers in Illinois, which is lower than the national average of 3,279 per 100,000 workers. This rate is much lower than the rate of Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan.

Contact our Champaign-Urbana workers’ compensation lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. by calling our offices today at (217) 328-2828 if you were injured in a workplace accident and you need legal help with filing a workers’ compensation claim.