The Oct. 17 meeting of the Workers Compensation Review
and Advisory Committee will be held at the Sheraton Anchorage
Hotel in Anchorage at noon.
The insurance department Web page now has consumer
information on insurance coverage for wildfires.
As part of efforts to make disability income insurance
provide more certain benefits to workers, Commissioner Steve
Poizner makes settlement with Hartford Life Insurance that
provides that its policies in California will no longer contain
controversial discretionary clause language. “The
discretionary clause gives an insurer complete discretion when
determining whether an injured worker is entitled to
benefits,” says Commissioner Poizner. “This
settlement means that going forward The Hartford will use the
new policy language to determine claim benefits.” The
Department intends to apply the settlement terms to all
disability income policies sold in the state. The settlement
requires carriers to obtain only information necessary to
evaluate whether to accept or deny a claim; make a
determination of the claimant’s eligibility for benefits
based on the new policy language; and if denying the claim,
explain in writing the basis for the decision.
Steve White is named director of the Bureau of Company
Examination, Regulation and Guaranty (BERG) in the Department
of Insurance. BERG is responsible for analyzing the financial
condition of carriers. When necessary, BERG manages,
rehabilitates or liquidates financially-impaired insurers. A
13-year employee of the department, White most recently held
the post of BERG CFO and had been serving as acting
“Steve White will use his experience to maintain
Delaware’s reputation as a thorough and fair regulator of
insurance companies,” says Commissioner Matt Denn.
Commissioner Kevin McCarthy appoints Mary Beth
Senkewicz as deputy commissioner of life and health; Belinda
Miller, as deputy commissioner of property and casualty
insurance after serving as interim since October 2006; and
Audrey Sumrall Brown as new deputy chief of staff. She will
oversee cabinet affairs, market research, issues involving the
National Association of Insurance Commissioners and other
The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
has made anti-fraud workers compensation posters available on
its Web site.
The annual reports of the Indiana Patients Compensation
Fund and the Indiana Residual Malpractice Insurance Authority
are available on the insurance department Web site.
The insurance department is considering filing
legislation to amend statutory provisions that govern maximum
permitted deviations in workers compensation rating.
Bulletin 07-01 concerns a statement of principals
governing commercial and personal lines motor vehicle repairs.
Commissioner George Dale defeated in a Democratic
primary by government relations political consultant Gary
Anderson. Dale was commissioner for 32 years. Lost 49%-51%.
Anderson faces Republican challenger Mike Cheney in
A new law gives the state Labor Department authority to
investigate premium disputes relating to the definition of an
employee versus independent contractor.
New law prohibits a standard commercial auto insurance
provision that reduces uninsured and underinsured coverage on
an individual not listed as a named insured under the business
policy but is insured by another policy with less coverage.