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CALIFORNIA New insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, issues emergency order to enforce medical loss ratio rules that limit premium revenue spent on non-claim costs, meaning broker commissions cannot be excluded from the MLR calculation. State Office of Administrative Law approved the order as an emergency regulation through July 26, 2011.

ILLINOIS As of March 1, no workers comp settlement contracts will be approved before the case has been assigned a case number and setting. Pro se contracts occurred 3,500 times last year. The Workers Compensation Commission says, without the case numbers, it cannot follow up or make sure the cases get entered into the state’s database.

KANSAS Mark Birdsall appointed chief actuary for the Insurance Department, replacing Larry Bruning who has moved to the NAIC in Kansas City. Birdsall was an external consultant and a full-time actuary for Security National Life in Salt Lake City. >> Other staff changes at the department include the appointment of Zachary J. C. Anshutz as general counsel; Kevin Davis as head of consumer assistance and government affairs; Cindy Hermes as healthcare consumer ombudsman; and Linda Sheppard as project manager for implementation of healthcare reform law.

LOUISIANA 69% of rebates for 2006 assessments on commercial and personal policyholders that funded bonds to keep Citizens Property Insurance solvent went unclaimed by 2010 deadline. The rebates were widely advertised, but $133 million went unclaimed and into the state treasury. Another $229 million worth paid from 2007 are available through the end of this year.

MARYLAND Gov. Martin O’Malley has proposed a quid pro quo for insurers in his “Invest Maryland” plan. The program would give tax credits to carriers for investing in the $100 million venture capital plan to create jobs in the life sciences, biotech, aerospace and cyber security industries. 

MASSACHUSETTS State to allow commercial property insurers to exclude from commercial fire policies coverage for fire following acts of terrorism. New law effective April 13. Clients can request the peril be added back in, but additional costs may apply.

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