Workers’ compensation rates in Oklahoma are expected to drop in 2016, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced.
The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) filed an overall loss cost decrease of 14.8 percent. This is the third straight year rates have decreased.
Workers’ compensation loss costs are used by insurers to determine rates for employers. With this year’s drop, the total of the three consecutive decreases is 37.2 percent.
Insurance Commissioner John Doak said the “third year of rate reductions demonstrates that reforms to the workers’ compensation process have delivered a system that is efficient and fair to both workers and employers. Money saved on insurance premiums can now be used to invest in our economy and produce more and better jobs.”
The NCCI is an advisory organization that studies workplace injuries, collects workers’ compensation claim data, analyzes industry trends and develops loss costs to be used in the ratemaking process. Most workers’ compensation carriers use the NCCI loss cost values when determining the rates charged to Oklahoma employers.
NCCI credits Oklahoma’s premium level decrease to declines in market experience and market trend, as well as the recent reforms.
The new loss costs go into effect on Jan. 1.
Source: Oklahoma Insurance Department