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Alert for ISMS Members: Urge Governor Rauner to Sign Important Workers’ Comp Legislation
Posted on: 7/26/2018
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Doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals are finding it increasingly difficult to provide care to injured workers.

The lack of enforcement of current law has allowed insurers to delay payment for care provided to injured workers for years, reducing health professionals’ ability to care for these patients. Any reduction in access to medical care increases the time that injured workers are off work, and may result in poorer long-term outcomes – both of which could increase costs for employers in addition to the harm done to workers.

ISMS-backed legislation, Senate Bill 904, would help Illinois physicians return injured workers to work as soon as possible.

Call to Action: Please call the governor's Chicago office and urge him to sign Senate Bill 904 into law!

Governor Bruce Rauner
312-814-2121

The bill passed both the House (105-11) and Senate (38-7, with 4 senators voting "present") with supermajorities in both houses. The legislation is now on Governor Rauner’s desk for consideration.   

Senate Bill 904 would make three important changes to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act:

  • Enable physicians to collect 1 percent interest on late medical claims. This interest penalty is allowed under current law, but there is no enforcement mechanism. Under the new law, physicians would be able to seek remedy for unpaid interest through the circuit court.
  • Require workers' compensation insurance companies to send an Explanation of Benefits to medical offices explaining why they have denied authorization for medical care, or what additional information insurers need to make a decision on that care.
  • Prevent workers' compensation insurers from ignoring the law that requires them to use electronic billing for workers' compensation claims. 

Read ISMS' letter to the governor and a recent letter to the editor

Questions? Please contact ISMS Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien by email or call 312-580-6488.

ISMS will keep you informed on this bill and other ISMS priority bills with Physician Advocate and the Legislative Action Hub.



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