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The Future of Illinois Worker’s Compensation at Risk

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by Romanucci & Blandin

Illinois has been without a budget since July of 2015, and as of right now, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.  Both sides are having a tough time meeting in the middle, and that puts things like workers’ compensation in a precarious position.  Gov. Rauner claims that he wants to fix workers’ comp and make the state more competitive in the business world but his proposed changes are irresponsible, a far cry from plausible and put thousands of Illinois workers at tremendous risk.

Workers’ compensation was meant to help everyone involved.  Workers can rest assured that if they are injured on the job, they will still get paid while they recover and it makes employers strive to create a safer work environment. The state benefits because an injured and an unemployed worker could be a financial burden to society if they use Medicaid.  Messing with this delicate balance can cause significant problems, and that is on the horizon for Illinois, if we don’t do something soon.

While Governor Rauner believes his changes to workers’ comp would make the overall climate better for businesses, it would undoubtedly create a problem for injured workers.  Higher premiums and fewer benefits could mean an injured worker will have to use Medicaid to survive while they are out of work and that makes it costlier for the state.

Something must change in Illinois, and the fact that neither side is budging can only spell bad news for Illinois residents.  If you have any questions or issues dealing with workers’ compensation, don’t hesitate to contact the attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin today.

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