Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Oklahoma’s Workers’ Comp Administrative Redesign Takes Effect

The transition of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system from a court-based system to an administrative one became effective Feb. 1, 2014, a change that proponents believe will lower costs and help make the state more competitive in attracting businesses. In May …

Nebraska Court: Agent Breached Contract but Client List Not a Trade Secret

The Nebraska Supreme Court recently upheld the finding of a lower court that a crop insurance agent breached the terms of her contract with a former employer when she went to work for another agency. However, in First Express Services …

Workers’ Compensation Fraud and the Insurance Producer

There are essentially two types of workers’ compensation fraud — premium fraud and claimant fraud — and insurance producers can play a role in the discovery and resolution of both, according to one investigator who has brought some 800 cases of workers’ comp fraud …

Michigan Congresswoman Miller: Flood Insurance Bill Bad for State

A U.S. Congresswoman from Michigan wants her state to opt out of the National Flood Insurance Program, saying it’s not good for Michigan homeowners. U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) voted against H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which passed …

Effort to Put House in Order Paying Off: Meadowbrook Insurance CEO

Meadowbrook Insurance Group, based in Southfield, Mich., has struggled with many challenges during the past couple of years but the “strong remedial measures” implemented to correct unacceptable results are working, its chief executive said. In a Feb. 19 conference call …

A Buyer’s Market for Reinsurance

For insurance companies, now is a good time to buy reinsurance. Prices are down and terms and conditions are favorable, according to Mathew Wulf, vice president, state relations and assistant general counsel, for the Reinsurance Association of America. All in …

U.S. Congresswoman: Flood Insurance Bill Bad for Michigan

A U.S. Congresswoman from Michigan wants her state to opt out of the National Flood Insurance Program, saying it’s not good for Michigan homeowners. U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) voted against H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which …

Effort to Put House in Order Paying Off: Meadowbrook Insurance CEO

Meadowbrook Insurance Group, based in Southfield, Mich., has struggled with many challenges during the past couple of years but the “strong remedial measures” implemented to correct unacceptable results are working, its chief executive said. In a Feb. 19 conference call …

Administrative Changes Proposed for Texas Workers’ Compensation System

Adoption of NCCI Manual Would Be Effective June 1 Texas will be privatizing many functions in its workers’ compensation system if a proposal to adopt the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) Basic Manual, with Texas exceptions, and the national and Texas-specific endorsements …

Texas Likely to Become an ‘NCCI State’ for Workers’ Comp; Question Is – When?

Texas will be privatizing many functions in its workers’ compensation system if a staff petition to adopt the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) Basic Manual, with Texas exceptions, and the national and Texas-specific endorsements and forms in the NCCI …