Gov. Quinn proposes workers’ compensation changes

According to Crain’s Chicago Business and the AP, Gov. Pat Quinn is proposing changes to the workers’ compensation system in Illinois “to prevent potential abuses and to save employers money.”  As we’ve been reporting, these proposals come amid a federal investigation into possible workers’ compensation abuses.

Quinn administration officials on Friday released some of the proposals Quinn wants lawmakers to pass by later this month. Among them are cuts in payments to medical providers who treat people injured on the job. The administration estimates that could save $500 million.

According to the report, Quinn also wants to “revamp” the Workers’ Compensation Commission, including requiring arbitrators to be licensed attorneys and letting the Court of Claims, and not arbitrators, hear cases when they involve commission appointees or their employees.

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