Press release from the National Academy of Social Insurance – October 5, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In Illinois, workers’ compensation benefits paid dropped sharply in recent years compared to the rest of the U.S., according to a new report from the National Academy of Social Insurance (the Academy).
In 2015, workers’ compensation benefits paid in Illinois were $2.4 billion. Between 2011 and 2015, Illinois experienced a 19.3 percent decrease in benefits paid, the second largest decrease across the country. Total benefits paid in the rest of the U.S. increased by 2 percent over the same period (Table 1). According to the report, Workers’ Compensation: Benefits, Coverage, and Costs, the large decrease in total benefits paid in Illinois is most likely attributable to a number of changes implemented in 2011 that regulated the medical delivery system.
Our days are getting shorter and our nights cooler. As much as I love summer, I always get a little excited at this time of year because vacations are over and those scheduled trials are coming up fast. The same is true with our organization. A lot will be going on in the next month. We will be hosting our annual Cook County Judicial and Legislative night on September 18th at the Union League Club. On September 28th, we will have a seminar at the Westin in St. Louis followed by a Board of Managers meeting, a Women’s Caucus reception and, most fun of all, we will be hosting a party at the Cubs/Cardinals game that same night. On October 20th, we will be holding our Update and Review Seminar at the Westin River North in Chicago.
I wanted to take a moment as we start this new ITLA year to thank all of you who helped make our June 9th convention a success. I also wanted to summarize the major topics of interest that were discussed at the convention for those of you who were not able to attend or stay throughout the whole day.
First, we are very excited to announce the formation of the Women’s Caucus. Margaret Battersby Black, Kate Conway and Sarah King worked hard this past year to develop the framework for this new group within our organization. Due in large part to their diligence, vision and effort, this Caucus is now part of our organization after its unanimous approval by the Board of Managers. The goals of the Caucus will be threefold. The Caucus will provide educational opportunities, social events and perhaps most importantly, an environment which encourages networking and membership growth. The Women’s Caucus this year will be led by Chair Margaret Battersby Black, and Vice Chairs Sarah King and Sara Salger. Let’s all do everything we can to support this vital new part of our organization.