New Jersey Senate passes bill for COVID-19 dependent benefits

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The bill will provide a weekly supplement to family members of essential workers who die from the virus. The New Jersey Senate has just passed a bill for providing COVID-19 dependent benefits supplements when essential workers in the state die from having the coronavirus. SB 2476 passed on Monday by a vote of 38-1 and will use the NJ Second Injury Fund. Essential workers whose dependents would qualify should the worst happen from coronavirus infection include fire, police and other first responders. They also include medical and other health care…

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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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Workers compensation technology is reducing claims frequency

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The use of tech within this insurance space is making positive changes to the market, says a new report. Workers compensation technology is proving exceptionally advantageous to the insurance market in terms of positive and sizeable changes, said an expert’s report. The tech is promoting reduced claims frequency, which is sending rates downward. The fewer the claims insurance companies receive, the less they must often charge for coverage. “We think it’s due to insurance companies doing better on the claims of their policyholders by using technology to drive down the…

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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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California workers compensation rates are on their way down, but remain expensive

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The premiums dropped across the country, but those in the state still come with the highest price. A new study shows that California workers compensation rates have followed the dropping trend seen across the country. The coverage is becoming more affordable nationwide. That said, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services found that California’s rates are still among the highest. California’s rates for workers’ compensation coverage are among the worst in the United States. The department published its Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary, a report it issues…

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