Since the 2011 amendments to the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act, and the accompanying decline in claims expenses following the amendments, the insurance industry has recorded record profits, but rather than passing on the savings to the employers in terms of reduced premiums, the insurance companies have pocketed the profits for their owners/shareholders. Why does the current governor refuse to step in and control this abuse? Because he is afraid to buck the insurance company cronies who support him. All at the expense of Illinois employers.
In 2011, the total premiums paid by employers to insurers in Illinois for worker’s compensation insurance was $2.4 billion, of which 75% of the premium dollars were utilized to pay claims for injured workers and 25% went to the profit margin for the insurers: $.6 billion–not a bad profit margin to begin with.
By 2015, the total premiums paid by Illinois employers for comp insurance had risen to $2.83 billion, but barely half of the premiums were utilized to pay claims for injured workers ($1.5 billion), while the insurance companies pocketed a nice sum of almost half of the premium cost ($1.3 billion). From 2011-2016, worker’s compensation insurers have kept (not paid out in claims) over $6 billion in employer-paid premiums.
Why does the current governor continue to reject insurance regulation in this industry, when it is a widely accepted practice in other insurance industries? Why should Illinois employers continue to have to put up with this? Why does the governor continue to hammer on injured workers, when he should be hammering on the greedy worker’s comp insurers in this state? The insurers should be passing on the savings in claims to the employers in premium decreases. They have refused to do so and it is time that the State Legislature and the governor arm the insurance regulators to step in and stop this greedy practice.