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CALIFORNIA Commissioner Poizner filing lawsuit to prevent state from pilfering $1 billion of State Compensation Insurance Fund assets to balance budget.
www.insurance.ca.gov

COLORADO Decrease of 9.3% sought in workers comp rates for 2010 coverage. >> State legislature considers privatizing Pinnacol Assurance, the state-sponsored insurer and largest provider of workers comp in Colorado.
www.dora.state.co.us/insurance

DELAWARE Insurance Department forms captive division led by Steve Kinion.
www.delawareinsurance.gov

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Names Gennet Purcell insurance commissioner, succeeding Thomas Hampton. Purcell had served as deputy commissioner since December 2008.
www.disr.washingtondc.gov
FLORIDA Proposed decrease of 6.8% in workers comp rates under review this month. >> Tips from whistleblower website launched in June lead to $550,000 in workers comp violator fines, 300 referrals and 36 stop-work orders.
www.floir.com

IDAHO Starting Jan. 1, state-regulated health and disability insurers must offer independent external reviews of claim denials if a “denial is based on a finding by the plan that a service or supply is not medically necessary or is investigational,” says Bulletin 09-08. Claims that are eligible for review will be randomly assigned for evaluation.
www.doi.idaho.gov

KENTUCKY Filing approved for fourth consecutive decrease in workers comp loss costs. >> Insurance department approves vendors with software that will help insurers comply with collection of premium taxes. New state law requires insurers to use an approved electronic system for assessing premium taxes by Jan. 1.

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