Workers compensation insurance market starts to feel the COVID-19 pinch

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The coronavirus is now making itself felt in this additional part of the industry. Workers compensation insurance companies are now working quickly to keep up with the sudden influx of claims resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. This has been made all the more complex as the regulatory landscape shifts throughout the country. Many states have been changing the regulations to which the workers compensation insurance companies must adhere in the face of COVID-19. For instance, the state commission for this coverage gave its unanimous approval to repeal a controversial emergency…

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California Insurance Commissioner orders premiums returned to businesses

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Ricardo Lara has told insurers to return premiums on six lines of personal and commercial coverage. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered insurers to return premiums from certain lines to businesses and consumers. This has raised pressure on those insurers to take larger steps to reduce customer financial burden caused by COVID-19. Lara has ordered insurers to return premiums paid for March, April, and possibly May as well. The California Insurance Commissioner’s order applies to six different coverage lines. These include passenger and commercial auto, commercial multi-peril, workers compensation,…

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Pennsylvania workers compensation insurance implements important filing changes

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The state has made several large changes to help reduce the odds of filing of loss cost errors. The Pennsylvania workers compensation insurance system has undergone considerable changes that have now gone into effect. According to the state Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman as well as Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, their offices have come to agreements with two major insurers and with the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau (P.C.R.B.). Together, the organizations hope this will substantially reduce the instance of filing of loss cost errors. These errors to filing of…

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FBI investigating country-wide workers compensation fraud scheme

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The Bureau is looking into an alleged nationwide scam involving insurance and pensions. The F.B.I. has launched an investigation into an alleged nationwide workers compensation fraud, health insurance scam and pension plan scheme. The scheme involves policies and plans sold by American Labor Alliance or its U.S. subsidiaries. The F.B.I. has requested that any businesses that have purchased policies or plans from American Labor Alliance (A.L.A.) or any of its subsidiaries across the country should contact their state insurance regulator. The state regulator will be able to tell if health…

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Vermont workers compensation insurance rates are on their way down

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Governor Phil Scott announced that the downward trend would continue for these insurance costs. Vermont workers compensation insurance rates are falling for the third consecutive time, announced Governor Phil Scott. The state Department of Financial Regulation approved the rate decrease, which will become effective as of April 1, 2019. Since Governor Scott took office, there have been three straight decreases in the cost of the coverage. The latest Vermont workers compensation rate decrease will represent a total savings of $10.5 million for employers in the state. That said, when that…

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US workers compensation industry will continue to be profitable this year

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Fitch data showed that the market remained strong throughout 2017 with positive 2018 performance. New Fitch Ratings data shows that the US workers compensation industry did well last year and may continue to see underwriting profits this year. The data from last year until now shows a trend of strong performance, though that could change. Last year’s strong US workers compensation performance represented the third consecutive year following that trend. The industry statutory combined ratio was around 92 percent, said Fitch Ratings data. The recent Fitch Ratings report showed that…

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Nine Californian Restaurants receive workers compensation fines

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Restaurants in one state county received over $200,000 in admin fines for failing to cover employees. Nine restaurants in California are now facing substantial workers compensation fines for failing to adequately cover their employees. The fines were the result of a joint enforcement strike force investigation in Contra Costa County. The strike force issued over $200,000 in total administrative workers compensation fines. The fines were issued to the Contra Costa County restaurants for failing to cover their employees according to state laws. The investigators were from the California Department of…

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