Wisconsin hosts town hall meetings about ACA Auto Re-Enrollment

Wisconsin hosts town hall meetings about ACA Auto Re-Enrollment

(Madison, WI – Insurance News and Markets) The Wisconsin Office of the Commisioner of Insurance is holding town hall meetings across the state to provide residents with information about the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act and “auto re-enrollment.” “Wisconsin is anticipating 37,160 residents to lose individual health insurance coverage in 2017 due […]

New law on workers compensation changes definitions of excluded employees

New law on workers compensation changes definitions of excluded employees

(Sacramento, CA – Insurance News and Markets) – On Oct. 17, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones notified all insurance companies writing workers’ compensation policies in the state about changes to definitions of, and procedures related to, excluded employees, following the enactment of Assembly Bill 2883. Starting on Jan. 1, 2017, all business workers’ compensation insurance […]

Texas Division of Insurance promotes 2 Steps to resolve worker’s comp disputes

Texas Division of Insurance promotes 2 Steps to resolve worker’s comp disputes

(Austin, TX – Insurance News and Markets) – A pilot program has launched through the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation that is designed to simplify and speed up the resolution of some workers’ compensation disputes. The program started last year and splits related claim issues. This allows a hearing officer to decide the most far-reaching […]

Minnesota Commerce Department project to focus on expanding access to solar power

Minnesota Commerce Department project to focus on expanding access to solar power

(Saint Paul, MN – Insurance News and Markets) – In late October, the Minnesota Commerce Department announced funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative would help them to offer solar power to more Minnesota residents. “The development of renewable energy resources continues to drive economic opportunity and job growth in Minnesota. This federal […]

Governor releases guidance to ensure health insurers provide coverage for substance abuse treatment

Governor releases guidance to ensure health insurers provide coverage for substance abuse treatment

(New York, NY – Insurance News and Markets) – Insurance providers in New York State must comply with legislation that requires insurers provide coverage for needed substance abuse treatment, as decreed this year in a law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In mid-October, he released guidance from the Department of Financial Services that clarifies insurance […]

Hawaii announces 2017 Affordable Care Act Individual Rates

Hawaii announces 2017 Affordable Care Act Individual Rates

(Honolulu, HI – Insurance News and Markets) – On Oct. 7, The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Insurance Division released individual health plan insurance rates in the 2017 Affordable Care Act. These rates are expected to affect 41,000 people. “The Insurance Division’s approval of rates were made pursuant to the statutory requirement that […]

Karen Wedlin Stewart approves workers’ compensation amended rate filing for 2017

Karen Wedlin Stewart approves workers’ compensation amended rate filing for 2017

(Dover, DE – Insurance News and Markets) – On Oct. 12, Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart approved the Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau (DCRB) workers’ compensation amended rate filing, which recommends no changes in the overall levels of residual market rates and voluntary market loss costs for 2017. “I hope this is the beginning of a […]

Nine individuals arrested in Louisiana for Medicaid fraud

Nine individuals arrested in Louisiana for Medicaid fraud

(Baton Rouge, LA – Insurance News and Markets) – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced more than half a dozen arrests that came as part of the 2016 National Health Care Fraud Takedown, which resulted in charges for hundreds of individuals across the country. “Medicaid fraud steals taxpayer money and threatens care for our state’s […]

Nevada Residents can find the 2017 Health Insurance Rates Online

Nevada Residents can find the 2017 Health Insurance Rates Online

(Carson City, NV – Insurance News and Markets) – Nevada residents who purchase their own health insurance can find approved prices  for 2017health plans at heathrates.doi.nv.gov. The Nevada Division of Insurance has posted approved 2017 rates for all plans in the Individual and Small group markets online, giving Nevada’s consumers an opportunity to explore health […]