Workers Compensation News

Texas Mutual Announces 2 Workers’ Comp Fraud Convictions

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. recently announced that Marcos Ricoy of Harlingen, Texas and Enrique Colon of Deer Park, Texas, pleaded no contest to a felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity involving workers’ compensation healthcare fraud. The convictions are …

Nevada-based Insurtech Talage Offering Workers’ Comp, Liability, Property Online

Talage Inc. is an insurtech to its core – both in function and name. The Reno, Nev.-based software platform designed to help small business owners compare and quickly purchase a range of commercial insurance policies announced this week that it …

California Workers’ Comp Division Says Temporary Total Disability Rates to Increase for 2019

The 2019 minimum and maximum temporary total disability rates will increase on Jan. 1, 2019, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced on Tuesday. The minimum TTD rate will increase from $182.29 to $187.71 and the maximum TTD rate will …

California Workers’ Comp Rating Bureau Exploring Blockchain, Behavioral Science

One wouldn’t normally associate blockchain with workers’ compensation, two completely different industries that seem worlds apart. But as it turns out, the technology is of value to at least one very important entity in the space. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance …

Report: California Self-Insured Workers’ Comp Claims Rose Only Slightly Last Year

California public self-insured workers’ compensation claims from fiscal year 2016-2017 rose less than 0.4 percent compared to the corresponding data from the prior year despite a 2.9 percent Increase in covered employees, according to a report out from the California …

Court Rules Failed California Workers’ Comp Insurer Can’t Use Special Funds for Administrative Expenses

The Appellate Court of Illinois has issued a decision supporting California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and the California Insurance Guarantee Association’s position that Lumbermens California workers’ compensation deposits can’t be used to reimburse overhead and administrative expenses incurred in connection …

California Doctor Indicted in $700K Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme

Dr. Gary Royce Wisner, 61, of Lodi, Calif., is scheduled for arraignment today at the San Joaquin County Superior Court on 11 felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly bilking insurers out of more than $700,000 by providing unnecessary and …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Direct Written Premiums Fell

California workers’ compensation covered payroll rose last year, but the average premium rate charged to employers fell 10 percent, so total direct written premium in the system declined by $192 million to $12.77 billion in 2071, 1.5 percent less than …

LWCC in Louisiana Declares 2017 Policyholder Dividend

The board of directors for LWCC, a provider of competitive workers’ compensation insurance to Louisiana employers, has declared a 2017 dividend of $81 million to its policyholders. The amount was distributed to policyholders in April and May, bringing the total …

California Man Nabbed for Collecting Workers’ Comp from Multiple Insurers While Working

Michael Williams, 34, of Daly City, Calif., has been arrested on 21 felony counts of insurance fraud and grand theft after allegedly working for multiple employers while collecting over $85,000 in workers’ compensation benefits from two different insurers. In November …