Current News Releases
November 09, 2016
Workers’ compensation rates in Texas among nation’s lowest
Texas has some of the nation’s most affordable workers’ compensation coverage, according to a 2016 study, which found that the Lone Star State had the 10th lowest rates among all states.
November 04, 2016
Injured employees have ready access to medical care, study shows
Injured workers in Texas have better access to physicians who can treat them more quickly than they did 15 years ago, according to a September 2016 study by the Texas Department of Insurance’s Research and Evaluation Group (REG). The study found 84 percent of injured workers received initial care in seven days or less in 2015, compared to 76 percent in 2000.
November 01, 2016
Two North Central Texas Companies Earn Safety Award
The Division of Workers’ Compensation recognized Shelton & Shelton Plumbing, LP in Killeen and Texas Hydraulics, Inc. in Temple for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. The Division presented the companies with the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s (DWC’s) Lone Star Safety Program Award.
October 28, 2016
Division of Workers’ Compensation Honors Two North Central Texas Businesses
The Division of Workers’ Compensation will visit Temple and Killeen on Tuesday, November 1, to honor local employers for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of injuries and illnesses at the companies’ facilities.
October 27, 2016
TDI Seeks Applicants for Texas Medical Liability Insurance Underwriting Association Board of Directors
The Texas Department of Insurance is accepting applications through November 30 for a public member position on the Texas Medical Liability Insurance Underwriting Association Board of Directors. The appointment term is for one year.
October 24, 2016
Division of Workers’ Compensation Centralizes Fraud Efforts
Since its establishment five months ago, the new in-house fraud unit at the Division of Workers’ Compensation has opened more than 40 investigations and hired additional fraud investigators to extend its reach.
October 17, 2016
Houston health clinic owner pleads guilty to insurance fraud
The owner of a Houston health clinic pled guilty to insurance fraud after billing for medical services – often provided to injured employees – despite having no licensed medical staff at the clinic. Instead, investigators found that the clinic was using foreign medical students to provide care.
October 17, 2016
Two steps to resolving some workers’ comp disputes
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation is taking a promising pilot program statewide to help simplify and speed resolution of some disputes.
October 14, 2016
Regional Workplace Safety Summit November 15 in San Angelo
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will present a regional workplace safety workshop for employers and employees on November 15 at the Education Service Center Region 15, 612 South Irene Street in San Angelo. The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and includes coffee and snacks.
October 14, 2016
Texas Department of Insurance fines Zenefits $550,000
The Texas Department of Insurance has fined YourPeople, Inc., more commonly known as Zenefits, $550,000 for using unlicensed staff to sell and administer insurance plans from 2014 through late 2015. Zenefits has since come into compliance with state law and is using staff licensed in Texas for insurance transactions in the state.
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