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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Dave Jones wants more entries to the California marijuana insurance market

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The California Insurance Commissioner has called on insurers to help fill coverage gaps in this marketplace. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently called on insurers to take part in the California marijuana insurance market. The goal is to help to fill the coverage gaps that exist among businesses seeking to grow and distribute this drug. California state law says that medical marijuana is legal, though federal law still considers it illegal. Jones’s announcement was made at the same time that a new workers’ compensation insurance program was launched. Atlas General Insurance…

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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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Louisiana workers compensation sees few claims but high costs

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Employees in the state are less likely to be injured than in any other place across the country. The Louisiana workers compensation program functions in a curious way. Despite the fact that employees in the state are less likely to be injured than those in any other state, the coverage still comes with high costs. The costs of workers compensation insurance in the state have been steadily falling for years. Comparing the cost of Louisiana workers compensation clearly shows that the actual costs are dropping. In fact, this has been…

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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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