Illinois’ oppressive laws cost employers millions, and they’re fleeing the state to find relief. Providing Workers’ Compensation coverage costs Illinois employers 27 percent more than the national average. And high costs like that are what help to drive employers OUT of Illinois. While other factors including high taxes come into play, the Number One cause cited by businesses moving out of state is our high workers’ compensation costs.
When those jobs leave for other states, people suffer. Each job loss costs a family a middle-class wage, benefits and hope for a brighter future. Ironically, much of those higher costs have NO benefit to workers, but instead are jackpots for others involved in the system–including doctors, hospitals and the ever-present trial attorneys.
Put the fault where it truly lies: Employers should NOT be required to pay the full cost of an injury if they are only partially at fault.
Reduce medical costs: Illinois surgeons will get paid as much as 369 percent MORE for performing a procedure on a Workers’ Comp patient than they receive from Medicaid or private insurance. That costs the employer more and the worker gets no added benefit. Does that make sense to you?
Reform payments to be closer to the national average: Change payments to injured workers to bring Illinois into line with our neighboring states. There is no reason that Illinois businesses may pay $470,000 for an arm injury when the national average is $170,000. Why should it cost MORE in Illinois?
Remember what Workers’ Comp is really for: It’s time to enact reforms that truly protect injured workers and ensure they receive good health care without penalizing employers and forcing them to move out of Illinois.