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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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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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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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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Workers compensation bill introduced by Tennessee lawmakers

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Should it become a law, it could provide an alternative to the state-mandated offering, within the free market. Tennessee Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville), who is also the vice chair of the state Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, and who is also a physician, introduced a bill with Rep. Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin), the House Majority Whip, which was designed to create an alternative to the state-mandated workers compensation insurance and that would be sold in the free market. This new Tennessee Option has been created based on the design and models…

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Insurance fraud activities bring arrest of a Los Angeles man

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The individual’s alleged schemes occurred outside of California and were focused on residents of Louisiana. A man from Los Angeles, California has now been placed under arrest by authorities in New Orleans after having allegedly been taking part in an insurance fraud scheme that involved the sale of fake employer’s liability and workers compensation policies throughout Louisiana. This insurance scam announcement was made by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. The individual in this insurance fraud case, fifty year old Terry Frances, has now been charged with five separate counts of theft…

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Commercial lines insurance sector continues to see positive growth

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Fitch Ratings predicts the continue of strong growth in the commercial lines sector Fitch Ratings, a global ratings agency, has released an update for its commercial lines insurance market report. The report highlights a growing trend of profitability and expansion for the commercial lines sector. The commercial lines sector is currently rates as “Stable” by Fitch, which predicts that the sector will continue to see strong progress in the coming months. The agency’s outlook on the sector is supported by growing profitability that insurers have reported over the past several…

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The Effects that Cheap Business Insurance Can Have on Your Company

Every so often will be asked by startups and even established companies: “can you get me cheap business insurance?” At first I’m sort of offended that someone would ask me that, but then I remember that it’s not the customer’s fault for thinking that “cheap is good” – it’s actually the insurance industry’s fault. The insurance industry has been commoditizing insurance so much over the past ten years – especially auto insurance that it’s hard not to think that a priority of any type of insurance is that it has…

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