Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Flood Coverage, TWIA, Workers’ Comp Relativities Among TDI Concerns in Legislative Report

In its 2018 Biennial Report to the Legislature dated Dec. 14, 2018, the Texas Department of Insurance made several recommendations to state lawmakers regarding issues the agency believes are worth looking at in the legislative session that convened Jan. 8, …

Workers’ Comp Relativities Are Obsolete, TDI Says

In its 2018 Biennial Report, the Texas Department of Insurance has recommended that lawmakers delete from state statute references to classification relativities as an alternative basis for workers’ compensation rates. The department noted that “‘Classification relativities’ are designed to establish …

Texas Regulators Urge Flexibility in Claim/Dispute Deadlines for Windstorm Insurer

The Texas Department of Insurance in its 2018 Biennial Report to the legislature has recommended amending state law to permit more flexibility in time limits for handling and resolving claims and disputes brought to the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). …

Texas Insurance Department Recommends Flood Disclosure on Property Policies

In its 2018 Biennial Report, the Texas Department of Insurance made several recommendations to the legislature regarding issues the agency believes are worth looking at by lawmakers in the 2019 legislative session. One, at least partly in response to the …

Natural Disasters to Dominate Insurance Agenda in Texas; Oklahoma’s New Commissioner Eyes Uninsured Motorists

The Texas Legislature meets every two years, so when state lawmakers are in Austin, they have a lot to deal with. That’s unlikely to change when the 140-day 86th Legislature’s regular session convenes on Jan. 8, 2019. When the Texas …

Midwest Legislative Priorities Include No-Fault Auto, Distracted Driving, Contractor Fraud, Tort Reform

With some of the highest auto insurance rates in the nation, Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws — much maligned by the insurance industry and business interests — are sure to be a target for legislative reforms. Insurance trade associations, including the …

Insurance Journal South Central’s Top Stories for 2018: Medical Marijuana, Weather Woes

At first glance it might seem that 2018 was a “slow news” year in the South Central states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. After all, the region escaped the devastation of a major hurricane, and while tornadoes and hailstorms …

Insurance Journal Midwest’s Top Stories for 2018: From Agent Fraud to Ruby Slippers

The most-read stories in Insurance Journal’s Midwest region in 2018 covered agent fraud, a fatal tourist boat sinking in Missouri, court cases and opinions, and even a pair of stolen — and returned — ruby red slippers that Dorothy wore …

Emerging Issue in Texas: Firefighter, EMT Cancer-Related Workers’ Comp Claims — and Denials

How to process cancer-related workers’ compensation claims filed by firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) is developing into an emerging issue, Texas workers’ compensation system regulators point out in a report to the Legislature about the status of the workers’ …

Michigan’s Kaufman Group Named a BEST for Workplace Training and Development

The employees and agent/broker clients of Farmington Hills, Michigan-based H.W. Kaufman Group may be pleased but not surprised to learn that the specialty insurance organization has been recognized as one of the best in the world for professional education and …