California News

California Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Tribe Through Workers’ Comp Scam

A Northern California man has pleaded guilty to defrauding an Indian tribe for millions of dollars as part of a workers’ compensation scam. The Sacramento Bee reported that 46-year-old Gregory Chmielewski last month pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud. …

Auto Insurance Specialists Acquires Suncal Insurance Services

Agency acquisition complements AIS’s strong record of internal growth. Cerritos, CA, February 9, 2016 – Auto Insurance Specialists (AIS) today announced the acquisition of Suncal Insurance Services based in Santa Clarita, California.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in …

California Hospital Workers’ Comp Report Shows Claim Severity on Rise

California workers’ compensation claim severity continues to increase, while claims frequency declines, according a newly released report. The latest California hospital report benchmarking workers’ comp costs by Milliman and Keenan Healthcare uses data from 35 hospital systems and individual facilities …

U.S. Risk names Stacey Ziska a Senior Broker/Underwriter for the U.S. Risk San Francisco Office

Dallas, TX, February 4, 2016- U.S. Risk Insurance Group, Inc., the nations’ sixth largest Property and Casualty wholesaler announced that it has named Stacey Ziska a Senior Broker/Underwriter for the U.S. Risk San Francisco Office. In her role, Stacey will …

El Niño Could Signal Easing of California Drought, Says Official

In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back or even ended if El Niño storms keep pummeling the state into the spring. The assessment came …

Academy of Insurance Partners with PIA of Florida to Offer Online Insurance Training

Tallahassee, FL – February 4, 2016 — The insurance marketplace is ever changing and continued training is the rule of the day. The high cost of off-site training can be prohibitive for a lot of agencies. Today, that all changes …

California City Misused Disaster Relief Funds, Audit Finds

A federal audit has found the city of San Diego, Calif. did not properly use $1. 2 million in disaster relief funds of the $6 million it received for damage from flooding and mudslides five years ago. The Jan. 25 …

Sempra’s ‘Don’t Worry’ Be Gassy View on Leak Not Going over

Ever since one of its wells in California started spewing natural gas in October, Sempra Energy’s message to residents has been the same: Don’t worry – the leak poses no public safety threat and won’t cause long-term health effects. They …

Atlas General Insurance Services, LLC, Announces New Workers’ Compensation GoPay Billing Platform

San Diego, CA, February 3, 2016 – Atlas General Insurance Services, LLC (“Atlas”) will launch its new GoPay workers’ compensation billing system for policies effective on and after March 1, 2016. “We are proud of our new and enhanced billing …

Hoverboard Found in Northern California County House Fire

Alameda County, Calif. fire officials say a hoverboard was found in the area where a fire sparked at a San Leandro home. KRON-TV reported that firefighters responded over the weekend to reports of a fire at a two-story home. No one …