workers’ compensation News

Tennessee Lawmakers Introduce Work Comp ‘Option’ Legislation

Tennessee may soon have its own answer to an alternative workers’ compensation insurance option through new legislation by Republican lawmakers known as the Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative. Tennessee State Senator Mark Green and State Representative Jeremy Durham introduced Senate …

How Group Health Claims-Shifting Affects Workers’ Compensation: WCRI

Workers’ compensation insurers should expect more cost shifting from group health plans as a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes hold, according to new research from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The claims shift is already …

Arizona Court Says No Blanket Right to Travel for Injured Worker Care

A court ruling says Arizona workers being treated for on-the-job injuries aren’t entitled to travel expenses if they haven’t shown they cannot get necessary care locally. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last week in the workers’ compensation case of a …

Gaines Named Liberty Mutual National Medical Director, Commercial Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance has appointed Dr. Will Gaines, MD, MPH, as national medical director of its Commercial Insurance strategic business unit. Gaines is responsible for managing the company’s team of regional medical directors, as well as the strategies and tools …

1st Cayman Portfolio Insurance Company Formed by Ascension Insurance

The first portfolio insurance company (PIC) has been formed in the Cayman Islands, as a direct result of new insurance regulations Cayman enacted in January to provide risk management alternatives for insurers incorporated as segregated portfolio companies (SPCs). AARIS Insurance …

2014 Workers’ Compensation Rates Ranked by State

The median index rate for workers’ compensation insurance fell to an all-time low in 2014 to $1.85 per $100 of payroll. Index rates in 2014 varied from a low of $0.88 in North Dakota to a high of $3.48 in …

N.H. Lawmakers Work to Tackle High Workers’ Comp Costs

If a worker in New Hampshire gets hurt on the job, an anesthetic injection can cost $763 under a workers’ compensation claim, compared to $298 for non-work related injuries. Surgical treatment for tendinitis in the shoulder costs about $2,200 if …

Energy Workers at Loose Ends after Drop in Crude Prices

The drive from Ken Mercer’s home in Tennessee to the oil fields of western North Dakota takes 20 hours if you drive straight through. Every month, Mercer, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, would make the trip as part …

Sagamore Insurance Expands Workers Compensation Program to 6 States

Sagamore Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Baldwin & Lyons Inc., is expanding its mono-line workers’ compensation program into six new states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kansas and Arkansas. The program, which offers coverage for a variety of class codes, has …

Minnesota Suppliers Hit by Target Canada Bankruptcy Filing

The end of Target’s Canadian operations is having a financial impact on businesses in Minnesota that supplied the retailer. Target’s Canadian division filed for bankruptcy protection last month and owes nearly $5 million to Minnesota suppliers and service providers, including …