Illinois workers compensation moves through state Senate

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Senators have given the nod to new restrictions on insurance companies writing this type of policy. New Illinois workers compensation legislation has received approval in the state Senate. It applies new restrictions to insurance companies that write workers compensation policies. The insurance legislation passed the state Senate this week in a vote of 34 to 21. This Illinois workers compensation legislation is a mirror image of one that was approved by lawmakers in the state last year. However, when that proposal reached Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk, he vetoed it. This…

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Berkshire-owned workers compensation insurance scam case reaches settlement

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Applied Underwriters, a Berkshire Hathaway owned firm, was ordered to cease bait-and-switch marketing. Applied Underwriters, an insurer owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has agreed to a workers compensation insurance case settlement. The agreement involves providing Californian consumers with full disclosure about the product. The insurance company’s goal is to start selling plans again following a state review of alleged abuses. A major component of the settlement requires Applied Underwriters “to stop the bait-and-switch marketing tactics.” Many employers registered complaints from having been sold workers compensation insurance through bait-and-switch tactics.…

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Workers compensation scam in California leads to 26 arrests

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Among those who were arrested were three doctors in the Orange County area. A massive number of arrests have resulted from a California workers compensation scam that was recently busted. Among the arrested individuals were three doctors. Two of the doctors were from Newport Coast and another doctor was from Huntington Beach. In total, there were 26 arrests including business owners and medical professionals. The workers compensation scam is estimated to have swindled insurance companies and consumers out of $40 million in kickbacks and fraudulent insurance billing. This, according to…

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State of the Union speech draws attention to wage insurance

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President Obama brought up the topic of a long history of labor protection and the need for support for the unemployed. During the last State of the Union speech from President Barack Obama, he mentioned the topic of labor protection that has a lengthy history within the country and, within this subject, he brought up the concept of wage insurance. He underscored the importance of work done on the unemployment insurance and job-training programs currently available. Following the statement he made about the need for improvement in unemployment insurance and…

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North Carolina officials target employers without workers compensation

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The Industrial Commission has already fined and charged companies operating without proper insurance. In North Carolina, the Industrial Commission, the authority responsible for the enforcement of laws regarding workers compensation, has now started to target employers that have not been carrying adequate insurance in order to comply with the state’s laws. As a result of the crackdown that has been occurring over the last year, $1 million in civil fines have been collected. These civil fines were collected from companies without adequate (or any) workers compensation coverage. Moreover, beyond fining…

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Wearable technology may change the nature of workers compensation claims

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New breakthroughs in wearables could potentially revolutionize the healthcare industry. Recent advancements in wearable technology are changing the nature of healthcare, especially when it comes to boosting the independence and overall wellbeing of patients who are suffering from serious injuries, which could have some interesting implications for workers compensation claims. The idea is that by using wearables, the insurance industry could greatly benefit in overall claims costs. The workers compensation industry could be able to save a considerable amount on its claims while it greatly improves the quality of life…

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Insurance companies to receive tax refunds following Supreme Court decision

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The ruling was made following a unanimously in Tennessee and will grant over $16 million in refunds. The Tennessee Supreme Court has now unanimously ruled that the Department of Commerce and Insurance are required to provide five out of state groups of insurance companies with a tax refund of over $16 million. The state – like all others, aside from Hawaii – has taken on a retaliatory tax statute solely for the insurance industry. That statute has been created for the purpose of balancing tax burdens across state lines. It…

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Workers compensation could be headed along a bumpy road

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Many industry experts are now expecting that there could be some turbulence in the future of this coverage. Even though financial indicators have been suggesting improvements, the president and CEO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI) has stated that the workers compensation industry should be getting ready for some “difficult times” as the workplace and workforce ecosystem undergoes a considerable evolution. President and CEO of the NCCI, Steve Klingel, recently spoke at the 2015 Issues Symposium. The NCCI is a workers compensation ratings and research organization. At…

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Warren Buffett makes insurance news with caution in the industry

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Berkshire Hathaway recently announced its earnings and stated that it is unlikely that an underwriter would be purchased. In recent insurance news, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway finally put an end to the speculations that have been made about the company for a long time, by saying that they don’t have any real intention to ever purchase a large commercial underwriter, and that the intention is to take a more organic strategy in order to grow their commercial platform. Buffett fielded some heavy questions at the annual shareholder meeting for…

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Pennsylvania workers compensation rates to be reduced

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The state will be slashing back these insurance rates by 5.99 percent, beginning with the start of April. Pennsylvania has announced that it will be reducing its rates for workers compensation by 5.99 percent, and that this new level will become effective as of April 1, in a decision that is hoped to provide businesses with a considerable savings. In fact, the Wolf administration has said that the savings to businesses has been estimated at $140 million. The governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, explained that “These rate reductions will go…

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