The National Council on Compensation Insurance may not be able to honor rate cuts it promised to Florida employers. After the group said it would be able to reduce rates, the council responded to a Florida Supreme Court ruling that ended a fee cap to lawyers who represent injured workers -- and requested a rise in premiums of nearly 19 percent over two years.
The 18.6% request matches the amount by which Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty had ordered the workers' compensation insurance group to drop its rates in October.
A UPS worker who broke his hand while throwing a temper tantrum at work still should receive $8,000 in temporary disability benefits and medical payments through workers' compensation, according to a recent ruling in Georgia. "Misconduct[,] with certain very narrow exceptions, does not act as a bar for the payment of workers' compensation," the deputy commissioner ruled.
Oregon's Coventry Health Care had applied PPO discounts to physicians who treated worker's compensation patients. The state's Worker's Compensation Division eventually told Coventry it had to pay what physicians billed. Coventry said if it had to, it would need to move out of state. Coventry's insurer, Liberty Northwest, called upon regulators to allow the discount and, with no public hearings and in great haste, the state did just that.
Because some group self-insured trusts in New York failed, self-insured employers were assessed millions of dollars to pay the workers' comp liabilities of the failed insurers. However, a judge recently annulled those assessments, citing a technicality in the law. This highlighted the question of whether group trusts and those who are self-insured should be obligated to cover a failed trust's liabilities.