Texas Department of Insurance News

Texas Workers’ Comp Discount, Interest Rate Set for Q3

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation has set the rate for any interest or discount provided for the third quarter of 2016 at 4.03 percent. This rate is computed by using the treasury constant maturity rate for …

Texas Insurance Agent Arrested in Scam Targeting Elderly Clients

A Lubbock, Texas-based insurance agent has been arrested on charges of defrauding elderly victims through an annuity scam. The Texas Department of Insurance reported that Joseph Allen Gaines was arrested last month on charges that he kept clients’ money that …

Texas to Hold Hearing on Mandatory Mediation-Arbitration Endorsements

At least one insurer in Texas has filed to add an endorsement to the homeowners policy that would require mandatory mediation-arbitration in claim disputes. The endorsement would be attached to a homeowners policy at the policyholder’s option, with a premium …

Fraud Leads to 20-Year Prison Sentence for Houston Insurance Agent

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson that a Houston-based insurance agent has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after a Texas Department of Insurance investigation uncovered an annuity scam, in which she bilked almost a dozen elderly clients out of more …

TDI: Back-to-Back Texas Storms Prompt Questions on Deductibles

The Texas Department of Insurance reported it has been getting questions about deductibles after back-to-back storms hit the North Texas area. Insurers have the ability to make decisions on deductibles on a case-by-case basis. In situations where an insurer has …

2nd March Hailstorm in North Texas Deemed an Insurance Catastrophe

The Texas insurance regulators say the weather-related event that occurred March 23 – 24 in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin Counties is a catastrophe for the purpose of claims processing. Claims resulting directly from the identified catastrophe in the counties …

Texas Regulators: Mid-March Hail Storm Was Insurance ‘Catastrophe’

The Texas Department of Insurance has determined the weather-related event that occurred March 16, 2016, through March 17, 2016, in the counties of Dallas, Tarrant, Johnson, and Parker is a catastrophe for the purpose of claims processing. The designation allows …

Texas Seeking Employer Representative for Workers’ Comp Appeals Panel

The Texas Department of Insurance is seeking an employer representative to serve on the Texas Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel. The panel resolves policyholder disputes with insurance carriers that are referred by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). The panel …

Texas Seeks Comments on Windstorm Inspection Rule

The Texas Department of Insurance is seeking comments on an informal working draft of amendments that would update the rule relating to items not requiring inspection for the purposes of windstorm and hail insurance coverage through the Texas Windstorm Insurance …

Texas Adopts Rules for Residential Property Dec Pages, TWIA Premium Surcharge

The Texas Department of Insurance reported it has adopted rules pertaining to property insurance changes resulting from legislation passed in 2013 and 2015. Residential Property Declarations Page The new rules include requirements for residential property insurance policy declarations pages and …