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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs package enhancing mandatory settlement conferences, creates community restoration fund

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs package enhancing mandatory settlement conferences, creates community restoration fund

(New York, NY – Insurance News and Markets) -A comprehensive package of legislation pieces in New York designed to combat “zombie properties’” effects on neighborhoods. This legislation package also establishes a consumer bill of rights to help homeowners to keep their homes. The package was part of the 2016 Legislative Session and imposes a pre-foreclosure […]

Delaware Insurance Department releases 2017 health insurance rates

Delaware Insurance Department releases 2017 health insurance rates

(Dover, DE – Insurance News and Markets) – On Oct. 6, Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart released the state’s  Qualified Health Plan average rates for 2017. She recommended approval of a 32.5 percent average rate increase in the individual market for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware. The approved average rate increase for […]

California Insurance Commissioner praises veto of worker’s comp insurer legislation

California Insurance Commissioner praises veto of worker’s comp insurer legislation

(Sacramento, CA – Insurance News and Markets) – In October, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones had positive words to say for Governor Brown regarding his veto of Assembly Bill 1922. Assembly Bill 1922 would have decreased transparency and weakened protections for businesses of all sizes. It would have eroded recently updated California Department of Insurance […]

Sanford Health Plan ordered to pay more than $20,000

Sanford Health Plan ordered to pay more than $20,000

(Bismarck, ND – Insurance News and Markets) – In late June, North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm announced disciplinary action against Sanford Health Plan. A consent order issued last month issues more than a dozen ads for Medicare supplement insurance products that the company did not file with the Department of Insurance over a five […]

Southern California facilities ordered to improve management of hazardous wastes, air emissions

Southern California facilities ordered to improve management of hazardous wastes, air emissions

(San Francisco, CA – Insurance News and Markets) – Two Southern California companies have settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding claims that they had improperly handled hazardous waste materials. The EPA announced on Aug. 3 that Bachem Americas, Inc., and Crosby Overton, Inc., will pay penalties and emergency response assistance in excess of […]