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State lawmakers say workers compensation reforms have reduced insurance costs

LANSING (WKZO) -- State lawmakers continue to look for ways to reduce worker's compensation costs. In the last two years, Michigan has seen a 21 percent drop in overall worker's compensation insurance premiums. That's according to State Representative Brad Jacobsen, who says that a 2011 reform law that overhauled how workman's comp is handled is to blame.

That was among various reforms that Republicans in the State House say they've been able to pass in recent years, making things easier on small businesses. 

Jacobsen says that GOP reforms have evened the playing field for workers and business owners when it comes to worker's compensation. Among other things, the 2011 change altered the definition of personal injury, disability, and weekly wage loss benefits. Critics just say that means fewer injured workers are able to get assistance.