Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

For Alper Services, Insurance Is Just the Beginning

Though insurance is a major component of what it does, Chicago-based Alper Services doesn’t have the word “insurance” in its name for a reason. That’s because from the very beginning the company has aimed to be more than simply an …

Have Injured Workers Benefited from Oklahoma’s Opt-Out Plans? It Depends, Study Says

A recent analysis of the workers’ compensation “opt-out” system in Oklahoma concludes that employer-run plans for injured workers may offer benefits that are equal to or better than those provided by traditional workers’ compensation as proponents suggest, but there are …

Texas Public Insurance Counsel: Deny Texas Homeowner Policy Arbitration Endorsement

A Texas insurance company has filed to offer an optional endorsement to its homeowners insurance policy that would require mandatory arbitration in claims disputes in exchange for a premium discount, and the head of the Office of the Texas Public …

Chicagoland’s Alper Services: Doing Insurance Differently

Though insurance is a major component of what it does, Chicago-based Alper Services doesn’t have the word “insurance” in its name for a reason. That’s because from the very beginning the company has aimed to be more than simply an …

Brokers Dealing with Soft Market, ‘Market Fatigue’ in Medical Professional Liability

Are insurance brokers experiencing “market fatigue” in the medical professional liability line of insurance right now? Could be, according to Daniel Nash, senior vice president of Field Operations and Business Development for Ironshore. Even though pricing in the market is …

Consumer Advocates Urge Denial of Texas Homeowner Policy Arbitration Endorsement

A Texas insurance company has filed to offer an optional endorsement to its homeowners insurance policy that would require mandatory arbitration in claims disputes in exchange for a premium discount, and the head of the Office of the Texas Public Insurance Counsel is …

How Well Do Oklahoma Opt-Out Plans Serve Injured Workers? It Depends, Study Says

A recent analysis of the workers’ compensation “opt-out” system in Oklahoma concludes that employer-run plans for injured workers may offer benefits that are equal to or better than those provided by traditional workers’ compensation as proponents suggest, but there are …

Brokers Dealing with Soft Market, ‘Market Fatigue’ in Medical Professional Liability

Are insurance brokers experiencing “market fatigue” in the medical professional liability line of insurance right now? Could be, according to Daniel Nash, senior vice president of Field Operations and Business Development for Ironshore. Even though pricing in the market is …

Employee Engagement Platform Pays Off for Midwest Insurer

As the new chief information officer and senior vice president in charge of business transformation at property/casualty carrier, GuideOne Insurance, Doug Cretsinger faced some big challenges. He managed a staff of around 100 team members plus another 200 or so …

Another Part of Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Act Struck Down

The Oklahoma Supreme Court dealt another blow to the state’s 2013 workers’ comp overhaul by finding unconstitutional a provision of the Oklahoma Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act pertaining to the deferral of permanent partial disability benefits. Other recent rulings have represented …