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24
Nov 2021

🎬 Take Two: Rebutting the COVID-19 Presumption

By Christine Jagodzinski     

  The second COVID-19 presumption case has been decided! On November 3, 2021, Arbitrator Cantrell issued a decision in the case of Tonia Dalton v. Saline Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (21 WC 008010), once again addressing Illinois’ COVID-19 presumption. Spoiler alert: The Arbitrator found Respondent failed to rebut the presumption set forth in 820
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29
Oct 2021

Ready for Your Halloween Scare? The First COVID-19 Presumption Case Has Been Decided in Illinois!

By Amy Bilton     

  The moment Illinois workers’ compensation professionals have been waiting for has finally arrived!  On October 21, 2021, Arbitrator Amarilio issued the first decision addressing Illinois’ COVID-19 presumption in the case of Edgar Lucero v.  Focal Point, LLC (20 WC 18985).  In a 42-page decision, Arbitrator Amarilio found the employer overcame the rebuttable presumption that
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29
Oct 2021

Federal Courts Disagree Whether State Guarantee Funds are Subject to MSP Reporting Obligations

By Joseph Gregorio     

  Two state insurance guarantee funds challenged CMS’ definition of a “primary plan” in order to exclude themselves from conditional payments and Section 111 reporting requirements.  The most recent request, made by the North Carolina Insurance Guarantee Association (NCIGA), was made in the wake of a successful challenge in California.  However, the NCIGA’s challenge was
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09
Sep 2021

New Appointments Announced at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

By Lisa Azoory-Keller     

  On August 31, 2021, Governor Pritzker reappointed the following Arbitrators to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission: Joseph Amarilio, Paul Cellini, Stephen Friedman, Gerald Granada, Jessica Hegarty, Adam Hinrichs, Jeffrey Huebsch and Maureen Pulia. Arbitrators not re-appointed included Douglas Steffenson and Melinda Rowe-Sullivan. Crystal Caison and Nina Mariano will join the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
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24
Aug 2021

Supermarket Sweep, Workers’ Comp. Edition

By Lisa Azoory-Keller     

  In the show Supermarket Sweep, contestants raced through the aisles of a supermarket in a short amount of allotted time, competing for the highest dollar value of items in their cart by the end of the spree. Each team had approximately one and a half to two minutes to complete the spree, and bonus
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