Texas Department of Insurance News

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 …

Texas Re-Certifies 7 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers’ Comp Claims

The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) re-certified seven employers to self-insure workers’ compensation claims. Together, the companies employ about 30,000 people in Texas. DWC renewed: Bradford Holding Company Inc. Textron Inc. Weyerhaeuser Company Jacobs Engineering Group …

Regulators: Texas Workers’ Comp Attorney Fees Go Up Jan. 30

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) reported that the maximum hourly rates that may be charged by attorneys and legal assistants in the workers’ compensation system will increase effective Jan. 30, 2017. As of Jan. 30, …

Nored Named to Head Legal Division at Texas Insurance Department

Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax has selected Michael Nored to head the Legal Division at the Texas Department of Insurance. Nored replaces Stan Strickland, a 21-year veteran of the agency who is leaving at the end of the month to …

Texas Sets Workers’ Comp Discount, Interest Rate for Q1 2017

For the first quarter of 2017, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation has set at 4.41 percent any interest or discount provided for in the state’s workers’ comp statutes. The new rate is effective Jan. 1 through …