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N.C. Agent Arrested for Submitting Phony Applications 07/30/2008
State: NC | Segment: Fraud | 172 | 0
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long said investigators have arrested an Archdale, N.C., agent with collecting advanced commissions based on false applications for Medicare Advantage policies.Jason David Fishel, 33, was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pret...Read More
New Law May Allow Employers to Block Benefits for Illegal Aliens 07/29/2008
State: UT | Segment: Top | 206 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A new workers’ compensation law in Utah may very well have that state joining neighboring Wyoming and Idaho in banning benefit payments to undocumented workers, but the presiding judge over the state’s adjudication system says it is too early yet to tell. He also said the new...Read More
Nevada Supreme Court Rules Suicide Compensable 07/28/2008
State: NV | Segment: Courts | 341 | 0
The family of an injured worker may collect death benefits for a worker who commits suicide if an industrial injury "caused a psychological condition severe enough to override the employee’s rational judgment," the Nevada Supreme Court ruled last week.In Vredenburg v. Sedgwick C...Read More
N.Y. Agent Ordered to Repay Seniors $500,000 07/28/2008
State: NY | Segment: Fraud | 58 | 0 | Popular with Legal
New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced an insurance broker has been ordered to pay more than $600,000 for selling seniors overlapping home-health service policies they didn't need.Cuomo said Thomas Piccirillo, of Auburn, N.Y., has been ordered to pay $500,000 in restitut...Read More
NCCI Updates Frequency and Severity Analysis 07/28/2008
State: NA | Segment: Regulatory | 348 | 0
The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) reported last week that the frequency of claims filed by injured workers has continued to decline while medical severity remains on the rise.NCCI said its update is based on data received through the Calendar-Accident Year Call for Co...Read More
New Site Gives Access to Administrative Hearing Commission Cases 07/25/2008
State: MO | Segment: Regulatory | 78 | 0
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt and the Administrative Hearing Commission Thursday announced a new Internet site to provide Missourians’ online access to commission cases.The site allows users to view cases that are filed with the commission.The site is organized into four sea...Read More
NCCI Announces Rhode Island Forum 07/25/2008
State: RI | Segment: Events | 129 | 0
The National Council on Compensation Insurance will hold its 2009 state advisory forum for Rhode Island on Jan. 14 in Providence.The Boca Raton, Fla.-based rate maker said the forum will be held at the Courtyard Providence Downtown.Notice of the forum and registration informa...Read More
N.Y. Social Worker Jailed for Phony Billings 07/25/2008
State: NY | Segment: Fraud | 107 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A 59-year-old social worker who pleaded guilty in February to submitting phony bills to health care agencies and insurance carriers was sentenced to a year in federal prison.Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Rogowski said in a statement this week that Rhonn Gilchrist, of Tonawanda, admitte...Read More
NYCIRB Revises Rating Values 07/24/2008
State: NY | Segment: Regulatory | 266 | 0
The New York Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (NYCIRB) has posted a series of changes in the New York Experience Rating Plan based on revisions approved by state regulators.NYCIRB said in a bulletin that the changes will affect policies with anniversary dates of Oct. 1, 2008, and inc...Read More
New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. Chooses Guidewire 07/24/2008
State: NJ | Segment: Business | 212 | 0
Guidewire Software announced Wednesday that New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co., the largest automobile and workers’ compensation insurer in the Garden State, has deployed its ClaimCenter software as its new claims system.Guidewire said ClaimCenter is now assisting NJM in adjust...Read More
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