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DCRB Seeks Decrease in Del. WC Voluntary Loss Costs, Residual Market Rates

The Delaware Department of Insurance said it has received the Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau’s (DCRB) filing proposing a decrease in both the workers’ compensation voluntary market loss costs and the residual market rates for 2015. DCRB’s filing No. 1404 proposes …

Maryland County Eyes Doubling Fines for Passing School Buses

Police have issued tickets to 730 drivers for passing stopped school buses in Maryland’s Montgomery County in the past nine months. Police say that number is way too high. In Maryland’s Washington County, just over 100 tickets were issued during …

Massachusetts AG Coakley Proposes Council to Study Safety Threats

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says if elected governor she’ll tap two former Democratic rivals to head a new council to study emergency preparedness in Massachusetts. Coakley announced Wednesday that she has asked Don Berwick and Juliette Kayyem to lead …

Penn. Dept. of Transportation Target of Civil Suit in Fatal Crash

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is defending itself from a civil suit alleging it is partly at fault for a car crash that killed a 15-year-old girl in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Citizens’ Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, reports that a Luzerne …

A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Negative for Frederick Mutual in Maryland

Ratings agency A.M. Best said it has revised the outlook to “negative” from “stable” and affirmed the financial strength rating of “A- (Excellent)” and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Frederick Mutual Insurance Co. in Frederick, Maryland. A.M. Best …

Police Nab 316 Distracted Drivers on Phones in Dover, Delaware

Police in Dover, Delaware, have doled out more than 300 tickets to distracted drivers for texting and talking on their cell phones. The 316 tickets were part of a 12-day blitz that ended Sunday, Oct. 12, and eclipse the amount …

New Jersey Pharmacist Admits Paying Kickbacks to Physicians

A southern New Jersey pharmacist has admitted paying tens of thousands of dollars in cash bribes to physicians for referring pain cream prescriptions, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. Vladimir Kleyman, a 43-year-old Lakewood, New Jersey, resident who was the president and …

William Gallagher Associates in Boston Announces 4 Promotions

William Gallagher Associates (WGA) in Boston promoted Paula Donovan, Charles Long, Ronni Rausch and Haley Adams to senior vice president in the Property and Casualty Practice. Donovan has been with WGA for nearly 30 years, serving in various supervisory and …

Pioneer Underwriters Launches Pioneer Special Risk of N.Y.

Pioneer Underwriters has launched a new division called Pioneer Special Risk of New York and hired Gary Dubois as division president. Based in New York, Dubois is joined by Steve Sitterly, chief operating officer, and Scott Misson and Brian Hickey, …

Mass. Health Insurers Offer Online Tools to Compare Medical Procedure Prices

Massachusetts health insurers have recently begun providing online cost-estimator tools that allow consumers to compare prices of medical procedures by various health care providers, as required by a transparency provision in the state’s 2012 healthcare cost containment law. In addition, …

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