Massachusetts Worker’s Compensation Premium Rates Could Rise

March 2, 2010

Massachusetts workers’ compensation insurance rates would rise an average of 4.5 percent under a new rate proposal submitted by the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau.

The bureau is the licensed rating organization that files rates on behalf of insurers writing workers’ compensation in Massachusetts.

If approved, it would be the first increase in average workers’ compensation rates in Massachusetts since 2001, when the commissioner approved a 1 percent increase, and only the second rate increase since 1993.

“The ongoing workplace safety efforts by insurers, employers, workers and regulators have helped drive down the frequency of injuries in Massachusetts,” Paul Meagher, president of the bureau said. “However, claim severity has continued to trend higher due primarily to the persistent increase in medical and pharmaceutical costs.”

Any increase would go into effect on Sept. 1.

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