CDI Focuses On Frequency in Workers’ Comp Rate Filing

The California Department of Insurance continues to review the insurance industry’s request for a 2.7% workers’ comp rate hike. Documents obtained by Workers’ Comp Executive indicate that an important area of focus is the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s indemnity claim frequency projection. The difference between the Bureau’s projection and one developed by an independent … Read More »

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The Case For a Workers’ Comp Rate Cut

The insurance industry officially asked Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara to approve a 2.7% hike in California’s advisory workers’ comp pure premium rates as of September 1, 2021. Employers are backing an alternative recommendation for an 8.2% decrease based on the analysis by actuary Mark Priven of Bickmore on behalf of the public members to the … Read More »

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Will 10,000 Employers Be Added To Experience Rating?

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau says its experience rating model can effectively rate employers with expected annual losses as low as $500 but is considering a go-slow approach that would lower the rating threshold in stages. The WCIRB is looking at adding 10,000 of the 300,000 employers that it believes can be effectively rated … Read More »

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California Rate Recommendations’ Differences Largest In A Decade

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau made its pure premium rate filing official last week and sought a 2.7% increase in California workers’ comp advisory rates effective September 1, 2021 – the first increase since rates began to fall in 2015. The filing is at odds with the recommendations made by the public members of … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Rates Likely to Increase

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s staff of actuaries will be presenting their recommendations for a September 1st, 2021, California pure premium rate filing to the Bureau’s governing committee members later this morning. The actual rate recommendation was unknown as of deadline because the staff was still adjusting for the economic impact of the COVID-19 … Read More »

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COVID Surcharge, CT Claim Modifier Likely Out Of Rate Filing

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is deep into its analysis of California’s 2020 workers’ comp experience. It is working on the upcoming rate filing, which officials say will be one of its most challenging filings in years. However, two controversial provisions from the most recent filing are unlikely to return.  The Bureau is backing … Read More »

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Dramatic Expansion of Experience Rating System Floated

Changes now under consideration could double or even triple the number of experience-rated employers in California. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is researching changes that would give X-Mods to 250,000-300,000 small employers or more. The small employers are mostly claim free risks that would see a 5% credit mod, but those with workers’ comp … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp and COVID: Dodging A Bullet?

In the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, industry actuaries and workers’ comp claims professionals discussed the pandemic’s likely impacts on the workers’ comp system. There were wild swings in projections from the unbelievable and unrealistic to something else. Expectations were high that workers’ comp premium would drop significantly due to massive job losses as … Read More »

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