Illinois’ House speaker wants to hire a private company to manage workers compensation claims filed by state workers. The House’s research and appropriations unit estimates 12 to 13 percent of state workers at some point file a workers compensation claim.
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“Given that statistic, my concern is that there’s a culture or environment among some state workers that would encourage workers compensation claims when they’re really not warranted,” says House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago, pictured). Madigan says a private company can delve deeper into claims to see if there’s a way to mitigate the situation without a full-blown workers comp claim. Workers compensation is on a list of top priorities lawmakers say the state must address to get back on sound footing. Some say reforms enacted last year don’t go far enough to address the problem.