State Employee Workers’ Comp Costs Nearly $1Billion

California taxpayers paid out nearly $1Billion – some $845 million – for the 2019-20 fiscal year to provide workers’ compensation benefits to California state workers. The state pays claims but no premium. The total is up 5.2% or $41 million from the prior year and is up $123 million or 17% since the 2017-18 fiscal … Read More »

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Chubb, Hartford Merger Affects California Workers’ Comp Market

Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB) made an unsolicited bid to acquire The Hartford (NYSE: HIG) in what would be a $23 billion deal. Hartford’s board yesterday unanimously rejected the offer after reviewing it with its financial advisors. The merger would have shaken the the California workers’ compensation insurance market where each company is already a major … Read More »

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State Fund Still A Billion Dollar Carrier

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund ended 2020 with just over $1 billion in net premium earned – a 14.6% decrease from the prior year. Just a few months earlier, however, the decline appeared to be much worse. At the midway point of 2020, State Fund was staring at a 20% drop in premium from 2019 … Read More »

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Biggest Workers’ Comp Carriers Nationally

Who are the major carriers workers’ comp market? Which groups wrote more business last year? The 2020 figures are in and you can get the results by clicking here. Initial results from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners show the same 25 carrier groups dominating the national workers’ comp market in 2020 as in 2019. … Read More »

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State Employee Coronavirus Claims Costs Projected At $100M

California workers’ comp records show that 3.7% of all active state employees have filed a workers’ comp claim for work-related COVID-19. An exclusive analysis of State Compensation Insurance Fund and Division of Workers’ Compensation claim data by Workers’ Comp Executive shows the 8,607 claims filed to date include 5,575 accepted claims and another 3,032 that … Read More »

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Budget Proposal Includes COVID-19 Related Positions For DIR

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a proposed $227.2 billion state budget that includes emergency COVID-19 relief funding for businesses and unemployed Californians. The budget also calls for an extra $8.7 million to fund 43 new positions at the Department of Industrial Relations to implement chaptered legislation related to the pandemic and expanded worker protections. The $227.2 … 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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Employers, Carriers Push Back Against Med-Legal Fee Proposal

California’s employers and insurance carriers are raising concerns that the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s proposed med-legal fee schedule (MLFS) update will increase costs more than is projected and, worse, create new friction points in the system. Employers assert the proposal does little to prevent billing abuse and that the Division’s proposal fails to ensure high-quality … Read More »

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