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Good news for 30,000 injured Missourians waiting for compensation

Date: February 14, 2013
By: Andrew Weil
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 1 Senate Roll Call Vote

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More than 30,000 injured Missourians who have been waiting years for compensation got some good news at the state Capitol today.
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Wrap: In a compromise worked out with Senate Democrats, a Republican-sponsored plan is now one step closer to helping 30,000 Missourians get compensation for their workplace injuries.

The plan would fix a bankrupt state fund that is supposed to cover the health-care costs of injured workers.

The bill's sponsor, Republican St. Charles County Senator Scott Rupp says he doesn't think there's a better deal out there.

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Description: "If someone can find a better deal that is good for business, that is good for workers, that's good for, that the governor will sign, hey I'm all open."
 
The fund would be paid for through temporarily doubling the fee Missouri employers could be charged.
 
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.
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Good news out of the state Capitol for more than 30,000 injured Missourians waiting for payment.
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Wrap: After compromising with Senate Democrats, a Republican-sponsored plan to help more than 30,000 injured Missourians get compensation for workplace injuries is on its way to the House.

The plan would fix a bankrupt fund that's supposed to cover the health-care costs of injured workers.

The bill's sponsor, Republican St. Charles County Senator Scott Rupp says this it's best deal out there.

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Description: "And I've looked at this, we've tried this for 4 years and I think the more the people are starting to dig into the details they're coming to that position of 'wow, you guys really hit the ball out of the ballpark on this one.'"
 
The fund would partly be paid for by temporarily doubling the fee Missouri employers could be charged.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

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30,000 injured Missourians waiting for compensation got some good news at the state Capitol today, but someone has to pick up the tab.
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Wrap: In a compromise with Senate Democrats, a Republican-sponsored plan would rely on businesses across the state to help pay 30,000 injured Missourians who have been waiting to get paid for workplace injuries.

The plan would temporarily double the fee Missouri employers could be charged.

The bill's sponsor, Republican St. Charles County Senator Scott Rupp says the more people dig down deep into the plan, the more they like it.

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Description: "What we have seen, even in a lot of the business groups that intially had some 'wow,' after they dove down and looked at it and looked at the mitigation of the risk for themselves, the small guys, the big guys, more and more people are saying 'wow this is a pretty good piece of legislation.'"

The plan now goes to the House.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.


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