Texas Department of Insurance News

Former Texas Insurance Agent Indicted for Scamming Elderly Woman

Former Texas insurance agent Chia Wang has been indicted for an allegedly defrauding an elderly woman in an insurance scam. Wang is facing up to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine after a grand jury in …

Texas DWC: Firefighters’ Cancer-Related Workers’ Comp Claims — and Denials — an Emerging Issue

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’ …

Texas Workers’ Comp Division Proposes New Carrier Reimbursement Forms

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is accepting comments on five newly proposed forms to help insurance carriers submit requests for reimbursement from the Subsequent Injury Fund (SIF). Use of these forms will be voluntary. The …

Texas Fines Humana $700K for Network Inadequacy

The Texas Department of Insurance has fined Humana $700,000 for putting consumers at risk of paying higher bills because of an inadequate number of anesthesiologists in Harris, Bexar and Travis counties. The problem meant consumers couldn’t get in-network anesthesia services …

Texas Accepting Comments on 2019 Workers’ Comp Research Agenda

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is accepting comment on the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Research Agenda of the Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG). Texas Labor Code §405.0026 requires the REG to publish a …

Correction: Texas to Hold Hearing on TWIA Request to Raise Liability Limits

The Texas Department of Insurance will hold a public hearing on Oct. 8 on a request by the state’s property insurer of last resort for wind and hail along the Texas coast to increase its maximum liability limits. The Texas …

Texas Workers’ Comp Study Finds Improvement in Worker Access to Medical Care

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation reported in a newly released study that access to medical care for injured workers has improved slightly and that a high rate of doctors who treat workers’ comp patients has remained …

Austin Drops Workers’ Comp Lawsuit Against Firefighter with Cancer

The city of Austin, Texas, has dropped a lawsuit challenging the determination by state workers’ compensation officials and an appeals panel that a firefighter diagnosed with cancer is eligible for workers’ comp benefits. According to the Austin Firefighters Association, Lt. …

Texas Insurance Department: Harvey Claims Reporting Deadline Approaching

As the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey approaches, the Texas Department of Insurance is reminding Texans that some insurance policies have a one-year deadline to file claims. Harvey made landfall August 25. Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) claims must be reported …

Texas Seeks Input on Draft of Revisions to Catastrophe Data Call Standards

Texas insurance regulators have responded to insurer requests for revisions to its standards for catastrophe data calls and is seeking input on the proposed changes. The Texas Department of Insurance said following Hurricanes Ike and Harvey, insurers participating in data …