Illinois lawmakers are considering two bills that would set causation limits for compensable workplace injuries and overhaul workers’ compensation medical fee schedules.
HB 4082, introduced Wednesday, would set parameters for what constitutes an injury that occurs “outside and in the course of employment.” The bill states that such an injury would be compensable “only if the accident substantially caused or contributed to both the resulting condition and the impairment.”
The bill also states that “an injury does not arise out of and in the course of employment if (1) the danger or risk was not connected with the employment and was a danger or risk to which the public is also exposed, (2) the injury did not occur at a time and place and under circumstances reasonably required by the employment, or (3) the disability was due to a personal risk.”;
HB 4079, also filed Wednesday, would charge the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to develop a new medical fee schedule for most services in comp, basing some of the fees on geographic regions. The fee schedule, as it currently stands, would be based on fees paid under Medicare.