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December 19, 2012
DWC Announces Insurance Carriers Performance Based Oversight Results
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation announced today that of 110 insurance carriers in a Performance Based Oversight assessment, 56 were high performers, 53 were average and one carrier was a poor performer.

December 12, 2012
TDI-DWC Houston West Office Moves to New Location January 30
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation Houston West Office will move to a new location January 30 at 350 North Sam Houston Parkway East, Suite 110, Houston, Texas 77060-3318.

December 10, 2012
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC).

December 07, 2012
Winter Weather Tips from the Department of Insurance
AUSTIN - As temperatures drop, Texas residents are reminded that colder weather can bring new hazards that are unique to this time of year. The Texas Department of Insurance provides the following tips to help keep your winter safe and insurance-claim free.

December 03, 2012
REMINDER - Political Subdivision Workers' Compensation Reporting Requirements Have Changed
Austin, TX - Remember, new rules require that political subdivisions notify the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation, when providing employees certain forms of medical benefits.

December 03, 2012
REMINDER - Texas Workers' Compensation Nonsubscriber Employers Reporting Requirements Change on January 1
Austin, TX - Remember, Texas workers' compenstion nonsubsriber employers have new reporting requirements starting January 1.

December 03, 2012
REMINDER - New Workers Compensation Insurance Employee Notice Requirements Effective January 1
Austin, TX - Remember, employers must begin using a newly amended workers' compensation notice effective January 1.

November 16, 2012
Safety Tips for Frying Turkeys
AUSTIN - Safety tips on deep frying turkey. Safety experts like Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the State Fire Marshal's Office are concerned that backyard chefs may sacrifice safety.

November 14, 2012
Hailstorms are the Costliest Peril in Texas
AUSTIN - Hail storms are the most damaging weather events that Texans face annually. TDI to Host "War on Hail" Conference November 27, 2012 at the Irving Convention Center.

November 07, 2012
Rate of Nonfatal Injuries, Illnesses in Private Sector Unchanged in 2011
AUSTIN, TX - Private industry workplaces in Texas have reported a total of 196,642 nonfatal injuries and illnesses during 2011, an incidence rate of 2.7 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers - unchanged from the previous year.

November 06, 2012
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC).

October 22, 2012
Texas Department of Insurance Reaches Agreement with AIG Regarding Life Insurance Beneficiaries
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has reached a multi-state settlement agreement with American International Group (AIG) that will make it easier for beneficiaries to be identified and paid monies owed to them under life insurance policies.

October 19, 2012
TDI Hosts War on Hail Symposium November 27 in Irving
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance is hosting a symposium on November 27, 2012 that will focus on hail storm patterns, predictions and mitigation.

October 19, 2012
MEDIA ADVISORY: TDI Updates Enforcement Action Summaries on Website
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance has updated summaries of enforcement actions naming licensed insurance agents and companies on the agency website

October 19, 2012
Work-Related Fatalities Decreased in Texas in 2011 for the Second Year in a Row
AUSTIN, TX - Texas recorded a six percent decrease in work-related fatalities in 2011, the second consecutive year of decrease and the lowest level in a decade.

October 16, 2012
Fire Marshall, Dallas Fire Rescue Team Up for Canine Conference
AUSTIN - The State Fire Marshal's Office Accelerant Detection Canines (ADC), their handlers, and approximately 40 other canine teams will participate in the 2012 Texas K9 Conference and North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) Workshop October 22 - 25, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

October 04, 2012
Workers' Compensation Health Care Network Report Card Published
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Workers' Compensation Research and Evaluation Group has published the annual report card on the performance of Workers' Compensation Health Care Networks as required under Chapter 1305, Texas Insurance Code.

October 02, 2012
Workers' Compensation Health Care Network Report Card Published
AUSTIN - TDI has published the annual report card on the performance of Workers' Compensation Health Care Networks, containing comparisons of network and non-network claims on a variety of measures from health care costs and utilization of care to return-to-work outcomes and health outcomes.

October 01, 2012
TDI-DWC OKs 12 to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation, has approved 12 companies to self-insure workers' compensation claims for a one-year period.

September 28, 2012
Designated Doctor restricted by WC system, sanctioned by Medical Board
AUSTIN, TX - A designated doctor restricted in 2010 from providing health care in the Texas workers' compensation system has been sanctioned recently by the Texas Medical Board.

September 26, 2012
Doctor Previously Cut from Workers' Compensation System Indicted
Austin, TX - A Texas physician previously removed from the workers' compensation system has been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

September 19, 2012
MEDIA ADVISORY: TDI Updates Enforcement Action Summaries on Website
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance has updated summaries of enforcement actions naming licensed insurance agents and companies on the agency website

September 17, 2012
Workers' Compensation Weekly Benefit Rates Set for October 1, 2012 Through September 30, 2013
AUSTIN, TX - In accordance with the Texas Labor Code (TLC) §408.047, the workers' compensation state average weekly wage is equal to 88 percent of the average weekly wage in covered employment as computed each year by the Texas Workforce Commission under TLC §207.002(c).

August 15, 2012
MEDIA ADVISORY: TDI Updates Enforcement Action Summaries on Website
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance has updated summaries of enforcement actions naming licensed insurance agents and companies on the agency website

August 06, 2012
Commissioner's Message to Concerned Texas Insurance Consumers
Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman releases message to concerned Texas insurance consumers.

August 01, 2012
TDI-DWC's Bryan Office Closes Permanently August 31
AUSTIN, TX - Effective August 31, 2012, the Bryan Office of the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation will close permanently.

July 25, 2012
TDI-DWC Approves 9 to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX - TDI-DWC approved nine companies to self-insure their workers' compensation claims for a one-year period.

July 20, 2012
Statement Regarding Email Messages to Commissioner
Statement regarding email messages to Commissioner and concerns about the state of the property insurance marketplace.

July 17, 2012
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC).

July 10, 2012
MEDIA ADVISORY: TDI Updates Enforcement Action Summaries on Website
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance has updated summaries of enforcement actions naming licensed insurance agents and companies on the agency website at: https://wwwapps.tdi.state.tx.us/inter/asproot/commish/da/clips2012.asp .

June 26, 2012
MEDIA ADVISORY: TDI Updates Enforcement Action Summaries on Website
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance has updated summaries of enforcement actions naming licensed insurance agents and companies.

June 21, 2012
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces May Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC).

June 19, 2012
Fewer Texas Workers' Compensation Claims Include Opioids and Not-Recommended Prescriptions
AUSTIN, TX - Fewer opioids, narcotics and other "not recommended" drugs are being prescribed in the Texas workers' compensation system.

June 19, 2012
Commissioner Kitzman's Statement Regarding Legislative Concerns about TWIA
As has been noted, there are circumstances under which the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association's (TWIA) current funding options may be insufficient to pay all policyholder claims on a full and/or timely basis.

June 15, 2012
Insurance Assistance Available Following Severe Weather
AUSTIN - Consumers who suffered property damage as a result of the recent severe weather should contact their insurance company or agent to file a claim as soon as possible. Starting this process is the first step toward getting money to make repairs.

June 12, 2012
Protect Yourself from a Flood
Homeowners and renters insurance policies don't cover flood damage. To protect yourself from losses caused by most flooding, you'll need to buy a flood insurance policy from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

May 30, 2012
Insurance Is Key to Disaster Preparation
AUSTIN - With the official start of hurricane season on June 1 and an already active spring storm season, the Texas Department of Insurance encourages you to review your basic insurance needs.

May 25, 2012
Texas Department of Insurance Announces Selection of New State Fire Marshal
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) announces the selection of Chris Connealy as the new State Fire Marshal.

May 23, 2012
TDI Fraud Prosecutor Named for Bexar County
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance announced the assignment of a fraud prosecutor to work exclusively with criminal prosecutors in Bexar County to combat insurance fraud.

May 22, 2012
Media Advisory: TDI Updates Enforcement Action Summaries on Website
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has updated summaries of enforcement actions against licensed and unlicensed entities, insurance agents and companies on the TDI website.

May 18, 2012
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC).

May 09, 2012
TDI Fraud Prosecutor Named for Harris County
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance announced the assignment of a fraud prosecutor and a fraud investigator to work exclusively with criminal prosecutors in Harris County to combat insurance fraud.

May 01, 2012
Companies Receive Award at Texas Safety Summit
AUSTIN, TX - Two Texas companies received peer review safety program awards at the Texas Safety Summit's 16th Annual Safety and Health Conference in Austin April 12 for exemplary occupational safety and health programs.

April 25, 2012
TDI Announces February Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions that became final during February 2012.

April 24, 2012
TDI-DWC Approves 7 to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation has approved seven renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers' compensation claims.

April 05, 2012
Insurance Assistance Available Following Severe Weather
AUSTIN - Consumers who suffered property damage as a result of the recent severe weather should contact their insurance company or agent to file a claim as soon as possible. Starting this process is the first step toward getting money to make repairs.

March 28, 2012
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces January 2012 Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) in January 2012.

March 23, 2012
TDI Announces January Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions that became final during January 2012.

March 20, 2012
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces November, December 2011 Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) in November and December 2011.

February 27, 2012
TDI-DWC to Launch Homepage Redesign on February 29
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers' Compensation is launching a redesign of its website homepage at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/indexwc.html.

February 23, 2012
Media Advisory: Pre-Solicitation Presentation for Possible Restructuring of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) will host a conference call, February 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. for bidders interested in submitting proposals in response to Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 12-MVB-TWIA-01, the RFP to explore options for restructuring the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA).

February 17, 2012
The Texas Department of Insurance Announces Possible Restructuring of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) today to hire a consultant to explore options for restructuring the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA).

February 17, 2012
TDI Announces December Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions that became final during December 2011.

February 15, 2012
16th Annual Texas Safety Summit April 10-12 in Austin
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation, hosts the 16th Annual workplace Texas Safety Summit for employers and employees April 10-12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin, 6505 IH-35 North.

January 29, 2012
TDI Announces November Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions that became final during November 2011.

January 27, 2012
TDI Response to HHS Denial of Texas' Application for MLR Adjustment
In denying Texas' application, HHS stated that it took into account each carrier's MLR and profitability in making its decision and asserted that few issuers are reasonably likely to exit the individual market in Texas. The Department's application clearly showed otherwise.

January 26, 2012
Commissioner Kitzman's Statement Regarding TWIA Actuarial Review
Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman of the Texas Department of Insurance issued a statement today following the TWIA Board's decision to retain a consulting actuary.

January 23, 2012
TDI-DWC Approves 13 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation approved 13 renewals of the certificates of authority for companies to self-insure their workers' compensation claims for a one-year period.



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