91st General Assembly
Summary of SB1658
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WORKERS COMP SELF INSURE POOL                                              

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides for  the  regulation      
   of  workers'  compensation pools by the Department of Insurance.  Sets      
   forth  requirements  for  pooling  agreements  and  requirements   for      
   issuance   of   certificates  of  authority  for  pooling  agreements.      
   Establishes bond requirements.  Creates the Worker's Compensation Pool      
   Insolvency Fund as  a  successor  fund  to  the  Group  Self-Insurers'      
   Insolvency  Fund.   Provides  for  assessments  of members of workers'      
   compensation self-insurance pools when a pool is insolvent.  Effective      
   January 1, 2001.                                                            
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                
        Provides  that  certificates  of  authority   issued   to   group      
   self-insurers  under prior law shall continue in effect and be subject      
   to the Group Workers'  Compensation  Pools  Article  of  the  Illinois      
   Insurance Code.                                                             
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 2.                                                
        Provides that units of local government,  school  districts,  and      
   intergovernmental  risk management associations, self-insurance pools,      
   or self-administered health and accident cooperative pools  shall  not      
   be  deemed  "employers"  or  "pools"  for  purposes  of  the  Workers'      
   Compensation  Pool  Law.   Removes requirement that pooling agreements      
   contain a disclosure of fees to be  charged  by  pool  administrators.      
   Provides  that  only  qualified  group workers' compensation pools are      
   subject to the assessment provisions of the Workers' Compensation Pool      
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 3.                                                
        Provides that when pooling agreements require written notice  for      
   withdrawal  from  a pool, the notice period may not be greater than 90      
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          820 ILCS 305/10.1 new                                                
        Amends the Workers' Compensation Act. Permits  parties  to  enter      
   into  a  compromise  lump  sum settlement in either permanent total or      
   permanent  partial  disability  cases  which  prorates  the  lump  sum      
   settlement over the life expectancy of the  injured  worker.  Provides      
   that  in  those  cases:  (i) neither the weekly compensation rate paid      
   throughout the case nor the maximum statutory weekly  rate  applicable      
   to  the  injury  applies;  (ii)  no compensation rate shall exceed the      
   maximum statutory weekly rate as of the date of the injury; and  (iii)      
   the  prorated  rate  set  forth  in  the approved settlement documents      
   becomes the rate for that case. The new provisions are retroactive  in      
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.                                                 
        Deletes provision giving retroactive effect to authorization  for      
   compromise lump sum settlements of disability cases under the Workers'      
   Compensation Act.                                                           
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 91-0757

   Last action date: 00-06-02

           Location: Senate

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   2     SENATE -   3


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