According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, Wisconsin spends more per dollar on worker's compensation medical care than any other state, 77% compared to the national average of 50%. Let that sink in.
The same report also shows that compared to our Midwest neighbors, Wisconsin has the most expensive insurance per $100 of payroll - 46% above the Midwest median.
A second report, from the Workers Compensation Research Institute in Boston, found that Wisconsin's medical costs per claim for worker's compensation is the most expensive in the nation, 61% above the median for injuries that require a week or more off work, 46% above the median for all injuries.
Our speaker, Chris Reader, Director of Health & Human Resources Policy at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) works with lawmakers and state agencies to advance pro-growth reforms in a number of policy areas including employment law, unemployment insurance, worker's compensation, education, workforce development, health care and telecommunications.
Chris serves on several boards and councils, including:
Worker's Compensation Advisory Council
Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council
Wisconsin Apprenticeship Consortium
Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau Governing Board & Rating Committee
Wisconsin Technology Council Board of Directors
State Superintendent's Standards Review Council
Chris joined WMC in 2013 with significant experience in state government and Wisconsin politics, having worked in a leadership role at a state agency, as a chief-of-staff in the state legislature and on several political campaigns.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He lives in Sun Prairie with his wife and children.