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Rates to Drop 5.8% in 2018

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | 433 | 0 | 0 min read

The Idaho Department of Insurance said workers’ compensation rates will drop an average of 5.8% next year.

The department said the National Council on Compensation Insurance recommended the rate cut as a result of a slight decline in claim frequency and a small reduction in the average cost of claims, also known as severity.

NCCI has not held its 2017 Idaho State Advisory Forum, but last year the national rate-maker reported a cumulative 33% decrease in frequency between 2000 and 2014.

NCCI also reported average indemnity claim severity decreased 1.3% in 2014, to $15,900, from $16,100 in 2013. Average medical severity increased 0.2%, to $30,700 in 2014, from $30,600 in 2013, NCCI said last year.

NCCI cited improvements in frequency and severity when recommending the 1.2% rate decrease that went into effect at the start of the year.

The rate cut in 2017 followed a 0.2% increase for 2016 policies.

A statement from the department on NCCI’s recommendation is here.

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