Texas Department of Insurance News

Texas Regulators Seek Data on Insurers’ Hurricane Harvey Claims

The Texas Department of Insurance has issued a mandatory data call to both admitted and surplus lines insurance carriers seeking information about Hurricane Harvey-related claims in 62 counties impacted by the storm. The data call is designed to provide TDI …

Texas Sets Annual Workers’ Compensation Weekly Benefit Wage

The workers’ compensation state average weekly wage for dates of injury from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018, is set at $913.37, the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation announced. The maximum weekly benefit rates for workers’ compensation income benefits …

Texas Deputy Insurance Commissioner Brady Retires

Texas Department of Insurance Deputy Commissioner for Agency Affairs Kevin Brady has retired effective Aug. 31, after 33 years with the agency. As deputy commissioner for Agency Affairs, Brady oversaw government relations and strategic planning. He also served as an …

Texas Regulators Offer Guidance to Insurers on Harvey Response

The Texas Department of Insurance has issued several bulletins offering guidance to insurers related to Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall near Rockport, Texas, late on Aug. 25. The bulletins are in response to the proclamation by Gov. Greg Abbott declaring …

Former San Antonio Insurance Agent Sentenced to 5 Years for Fraud

Dermaine Clark of San Antonio has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $45,000 for a string of insurance fraud cases, the Texas Department of Insurance announced. TDI fraud investigators say Clark used the …

Texas Seeks Input on Draft Compound Drug Rule Amendments

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is now accepting comments on informal draft compound drug rule amendments. An informal draft of amendments to 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§134.500, 134.530, and 134.540, available on the TDI …

Texas Lawyer Indicted in Roof Claims Insurance Fraud Case

A Texas attorney been released on $20,000 bond after being indicted on charges of organized criminal activity, legal misconduct, and insurance fraud related to hail claims, the Texas Department of Insurance announced. A Tarrant County grand jury on June 5 …

Private Insurer Will No Longer Fund Fraud Prosecutions in Texas

Note: This article originally ran in the Texas Tribune. Thanks to new money and oversight from the Texas Legislature, the state can now pursue workers’ compensation fraud cases without relying on an unusual and much-criticized funding deal between a private …

Applicants Sought for Boards of Texas FAIR Plan, Windstorm Association

The Texas Department of Insurance is looking for people to serve on the board that governs the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan, which provides residential property insurance in underserved areas where it’s not readily available through the private …

Texas Raises Interest, Discount Rate for Workers’ Comp

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation reports that the workers’ comp discount rate and interest rate for April 1 to June 30, 2017, will be 4.50 percent. The rate is computed by using the federal treasury constant …