force closing of Department of Insurance’s Tucson office.
Anyone needing Department services should contact the Phoenix
Poizner issues $1 million grant to Fresno District
Attorney’s Office for the fight against insurance fraud.
Other grants are planned for Kings, Madera, Tulare and Merced
Counties. >> Appellate court rules that simultaneous but
distinct industrial injuries must be compensated separately in
a permanent disability case, upholding a 2004 reform measure
regarding claims apportionment.
lobbyists, the Department of Insurance, and the Department of
Economic and Community Development support a bill in the state
legislature to allow the state to join the Interstate Compact
organized by the NAIC to create a central point for filing,
reviewing and approving insurance products based on uniform
national standards. The bill faces opposition from Attorney
General Blumenthal, who is wary of out-of-state regulatory
control and cumbersome processes for rejecting insurance
products approved at the national level.
captives in 2008, bringing total to 40. Officials cite tax
incentives and improved regulatory environment.
Jury awards $8
million to widow of smoker in case against Philip Morris. An
appeal is certain. Some 8,000 cases against tobacco interests
have been filed since 2006. >> Office of Insurance
Regulation subpoenas State Farm policyholder data as part of
State Farm’s plan to withdraw from the Florida market.
State Farm intends to drop 1.2 million personal policies, and
it plans to discontinue coverage for boats, commercial property
and accidents. Commissioner McCarty says the data ordered will
assist his office in finding alternate insurers for dropped
of allowing employees to designate primary care provider for
treatment of a workers comp injury and forbidding employers or
their insurers from coercing or influencing the choice of a
doctor. Supporters say care would be improved. Opponents say
the costs and associated management of the claim would drive
employers out of Iowa.
Council on Compensation Insurance loss cost filing lists 17.4%
drop for the state. Department of Insurance approves it, and
companies are expected to begin filing for rate decreases
system audit finds insurers are mishandling claims and
underpaying benefits at about $3 million a year. Auditor
recommends the state hire an ombudsman to assist workers in the
injury compensation process. Auditor also says state labor
department comes up short in enforcement of laws on employer
coverage and in billing uninsured employers for reimbursement
to the state when workers comp benefits are paid from the state
appoints John Huff as Director of the Missouri Department of
Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Regulation.
He moves from Swiss Re. State Supreme Court rules that
employees affected by accidental injuries that were removed
from the state’s workers comp coverage in 2005 are not
under exclusivity provision and can sue employers for
passes captive minimum-tax relief that prorates tax based on
the quarter a company is licensed, preventing those licensing
late in the year from having to pay the entire yearly premium
tax. Awaits further approvals. >> Laura McGee appointed
assistant deputy insurance commissioner in State
Auditor’s Office. McGee graduated from Browning High
School and is a registered member of the Blackfeet Tribe.