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Do High Health Plan Deductibles Lead to More Workers’ Compensation Claims?

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Are employees injured at work more likely to file under workers’ compensation instead of group health insurance when their group health plan has a higher deductible? The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found evidence they do in a new study it says has great relevance since the number of workers in health insurance plans with high deductibles is growing. “In…

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Spotlight: Insurance loopholes need to be eliminated

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Physicians, hospitals and other providers that treat Illinois’ injured workers are in a severe crisis. In recent years, workers’ compensation insurers have exploited loopholes to avoid complying with basic requirements of Illinois law. It’s time to eliminate these loopholes. The issue is enforcement of current laws requiring timely workers’ compensation insurer approvals and health care provider reimbursement — these profitable…

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Watchdog Group Wants Chicago WC Program Out of City Council Control

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A government corruption watchdog group has voiced its support for efforts to move Chicago’s workers’ compensation program out from under the control of a powerful city alderman. “Chicago is the only major city to pay injured workers out of its legislative body,” Rachel Leven, policy manager at the Better Government Association, wrote in Crain’s Chicago Business this week. “The way…

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WCRI: Little Change in Average Total Workers’ Comp Claim Cost Since 2013 Indiana Reform

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The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana was stable in the years since the state enacted workers’ compensation system reforms, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study. The study, CompScope Benchmarks for Indiana, 18th Edition, provides a look at changes in the Indiana workers’ compensation system following the enactment in 2013 of House Enrolled…

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Chicago Metal Container Manufacturer Faces Penalties After 3rd Worker Suffers Amputation Injury

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On Dec. 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued B-Way Corp. one repeated and one serious safety violation, carrying proposed penalties of $81,062, following its investigation of the most recent injury. On Sept. 10, 2016, a machine amputated a 52-year-old temporary worker’s right middle finger tip when it came in contact with the machine’s…

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