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STATE SEN. MADIGAN COMMENDS GOV. CASEY FOR EFFORTS RESULTING IN PASSAGE OF HOUSE BILL ADDRESSING WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE COSTS

STATE SEN. MADIGAN COMMENDS GOV. CASEY FOR EFFORTS RESULTING IN PASSAGE
 OF HOUSE BILL ADDRESSING WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE COSTS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The chairman of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee today commended Gov. Robert P. Casey for his efforts that resulted in passage of a House bill addressing the issue of skyrocketing workers' compensation insurance costs.
 State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23), who has been working on the issue in the Senate, said passage of the House measure has started the process moving toward a solution.
 "The governor's efforts have gotten the issue moving, and he is to be commended for that," Madigan said. "Though I understand the House bill reduces workers' compensation insurance rates between 10 and 20 percent, I want to be able to study the bill in depth before I make any comments."
 Madigan said he will be in a position to comment in depth after he discusses the issue and his proposals for it with the Republican caucus when the Senate returns for a working session Jan. 21. He said the issue is too important to everyone involved to discuss proposed legislative solutions until there is sufficient support for any one plan on how costs might be capped without limiting protection.
 The issue came to the forefront early last month when workers' compensation insurance carriers filed for a 51.8 percent premium increase to offset what they called skyrocketing medical costs.
 "I think I can say we are committed to cutting costs to employers without jeopardizing any protection for workers," Madigan said.
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 /CONTACT: Phil DiMartile of state Sen. Roger A. Madigan's office, 717-787-3280/


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