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December 29, 2015
15 Companies Approved to Self-Insure for Workers’ Compensation Claims
AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) re-certified 15 employers to self-insure workers’ compensation claims. Together, the companies employ about 21,000 people in Texas.

December 28, 2015
TDI Offers Consumers Help After Recent Storms
AUSTIN – Consumers who suffered property damage as a result of the recent severe weather should contact their insurance companies as soon as possible to begin the claims process. Homeowners insurance generally covers losses from wind and hail. If you're having trouble reaching your company, TDI can help. Call the TDI Consumer Help Line at 1-800-252-3439. Insurance specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer your insurance questions and to help you with company contact information.

December 11, 2015
International Group Lauds Texas State Fire Marshal’s Review of Arson Cases
AUSTIN – The International Association of Arson Investigators has recognized the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office for its approach to reviewing fire science used in past arson convictions to make sure it meets current standards and is calling on other states to follow the Texas model.

December 09, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff January 28 in Dallas
AUSTIN — The Division of Workers’ Compensation offers an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at the Center for Community Cooperation located at 2900 Live Oak Street in Dallas on Thursday, January 28. The free seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 25, 2015
Insurance Commissioner Names New TWIA Board Member
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Insurance David Mattax has appointed Deborah King to the Board of Directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA).

November 19, 2015
TDI Actuary Boerner Wins Top National Honor
AUSTIN – Texas Department of Insurance Actuarial Director Mike Boerner is this year’s recipient of the Robert Dineen Award, the highest honor for a state regulator bestowed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

November 17, 2015
TDI General Counsel Sara Waitt to Retire
Texas Department of Insurance General Counsel Sara Waitt is retiring in December after 24 years with the agency.

November 09, 2015
San Angelo Company Recognized for Exemplary Safety Program
SAN ANGELO — Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan presented Coverlay Manufacturing, Inc., with the Lone Star Safety Program Award here today. The award recognizes Texas employers with low numbers of work-related injuries and illnesses as well as excellent safety programs that can serve as models for other employers.

November 09, 2015
Midland Company Recognized for Exemplary Safety Program
MIDLAND — Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan presented Dickson Process Systems, LLC, with the Lone Star Safety Program Award here today. The award recognizes Texas employers with low numbers of work-related injuries and illnesses as well as excellent safety programs that can serve as models for other employers.

November 06, 2015
Workers’ Compensation Commissioner to Honor 2 West Texas Businesses
Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan will visit West Texas Monday, November 9, to honor two local employers for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of injuries and illnesses at the companies’ facilities.

November 02, 2015
TDI Offers Consumers Help After Recent Storms
AUSTIN – Consumers who suffered property damage as a result of the recent severe weather should contact their insurance companies as soon as possible to begin the claims process. If you’re having trouble reaching your company, TDI can help. Call the TDI Consumer Help Line at 1-800-252-3439. Insurance specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer your insurance questions and to help you with company contact information.

October 27, 2015
Regional Workplace Safety Summit November 17 in San Angelo
The Division of Workers’ Compensation is hosting a regional workplace safety workshop November 17 in San Angelo to help employers learn how to avoid common workplace injuries and comply with federal safety requirements.

October 23, 2015
TDI Offers Consumer Help After Hidden Pines Fire
AUSTIN – Consumers with property damage from recent wildfires should contact their insurance companies as soon as possible to begin the claims process. If you’re having trouble reaching your company, call the Texas Department of Insurance at 1-800-252-3439. Insurance specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer your insurance questions and to help you with company contact information.

October 22, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff November 18th in Houston
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and the University of Houston (UH) Small Business Development Center offer an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at the Lone Star College-North Harris Student Services Building, 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive on November 18, 2015. The seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with lunch provided. The registration fee is $99 online or $119 for walk-in registration.

October 20, 2015
TDI Extends Time to Apply for Texas FAIR Plan Association Governing Committee
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Insurance has extended a deadline to apply to serve on the board that governs the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan, which provides residential property insurance in underserved areas where it’s not readily available through the private market.

October 08, 2015
Regional Workplace Safety Summit October 20 in Amarillo
The Division of Workers’ Compensation is hosting a regional workplace safety workshop October 20 in Amarillo to help employers learn how to avoid common workplace injuries and comply with federal safety requirements.

October 06, 2015
Know Your Insurance Coverage Before Renting Out Home
AUSTIN – Home sharing has become popular as homeowners in areas near seasonal festivals and events discover a ready source of additional income in short-term rentals. Before renting out your home, it is important to find out if your homeowners insurance policy will cover such arrangements.

October 06, 2015
SFMO Arson Lab Receives International Accreditation
AUSTIN - The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board has granted international accreditation to the forensic arson laboratory at the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office. The recognition follows a thorough review of the lab’s technical and management performance.

October 05, 2015
Regional Workplace Safety Summit October 14 in Denton
The Division of Workers’ Compensation is hosting a regional workplace safety workshop October 14 in Denton to help employers learn how to avoid common workplace injuries and comply with federal safety requirements.

October 02, 2015
TDI Actuary Boerner Wins National Award
AUSTIN – Mike Boerner, director of the actuarial office for the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), is the 2015 recipient of the Robert J. Myers Public Service Award from the American Academy of Actuaries. The award will be presented at the Academy’s Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum in November in Washington, D.C.

October 01, 2015
Insurance Commissioner Names New TWIA Board
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Insurance David Mattax has appointed nine members from across Texas to serve on the Board of Directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) after the 2015 Legislature changed the board’s makeup.

September 28, 2015
East Texas Companies Recognized for Exemplary Safety Programs
TYLER — Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan visited East Texas today to honor two local employers for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of injuries and illnesses at the companies’ facilities.

September 25, 2015
MEDIA ADVISORY: Workers’ Compensation Commissioner to Honor East Texas Businesses
TYLER — Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan will visit East Texas Monday, September 28, to honor two local employers for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of injuries and illnesses at the companies’ facilities.

September 22, 2015
Workers’ Compensation Weekly Benefit Rates Set for October 1, 2015, Through September 30, 2016
AUSTIN — The workers’ compensation state average weekly wage for dates of injury from October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016, is set at $895.08. The maximum weekly benefit rates for workers’ compensation income benefits is set at $895 and the minimum weekly benefit rate is set at $134 for that period.

September 16, 2015
11 Companies Approved to Self-Insure for Workers’ Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX — The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) re-certified 11 employers to self-insure workers’ compensation claims. Together, the companies employ about 50,000 people in Texas.

September 11, 2015
Notice to Patients of Kelly Family Clinic
The Texas Department of Insurance inadvertently released information about insurance payments that included patient names to another insurance carrier. The insurance carrier that received the information is covered by HIPAA health information privacy laws and has destroyed the information.

September 10, 2015
New Law Helps Patients with Bills for Out-of-Network Medical Care
AUSTIN - A new state law gives more help to consumers facing high medical bills for out-of-network emergency or surgical services, a practice known as balance billing.

September 09, 2015
Pair Pleads Guilty to Forging Insurance Documents
HOUSTON - Arthur and Michelle Lockett of Houston pled guilty today to felony criminal charges related to forging disability insurance documents in a Harris County district court.

August 26, 2015
TDI Announces Deputies for Finance, Agency Affairs
AUSTIN – Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax announced two key executive positions on his staff today. Doug Slape will become deputy commissioner for financial regulation, and Kevin Brady was named deputy commissioner for agency affairs.

July 30, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff September 16 in Dallas
AUSTIN — The Division of Workers’ Compensation offers an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at the Center for Community Cooperation located at 2900 Live Oak Street in Dallas on September 16. The free seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 29, 2015
12 Companies Approved to Self-Insure for Workers’ Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX — The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) renewed approval for 12 employers to self-insure workers’ compensation claims. Together, the companies employ about 45,000 people in Texas.

July 24, 2015
Workers’ Compensation Conferences Coming to Dallas, Austin
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation will host two education conferences in Austin and Dallas this fall to help health care providers, employers, insurance carriers, and others learn about new Texas laws and the latest trends in the field.

July 20, 2015
Regional Workplace Safety Summit August 19 in El Paso
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation is hosting a regional workplace safety workshop August 19 in El Paso to help employers learn how to avoid common workplace injuries and comply with federal safety requirements.

July 16, 2015
TDI Seeks Applications for Texas FAIR Plan Association Governing Committee
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Insurance is accepting applications for the board that governs the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan, which provides residential property insurance in underserved areas where it’s not readily available through the private market.

July 14, 2015
Regional Workplace Safety Summit August 12 in Austin
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation is hosting a regional workplace safety workshop August 12 in Austin to help employers learn how to avoid common workplace injuries and comply with federal safety requirements.

July 10, 2015
TDI Seeks Applications for Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Board of Directors
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Insurance is accepting applications for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association board of directors after the makeup of the board was changed by the 84th Legislature.

July 06, 2015
Court Approves $84.4 Million Settlement in Farmers Case
AUSTIN – A Travis County district court has granted preliminary approval of a settlement with Farmers Insurance Group that will return $84.4 million to policyholders stemming from a 2002 rate case.

July 01, 2015
Fireworks Safety Tips for Texans
AUSTIN – Celebrating July 4th with fireworks is a national tradition, and the Texas state fire marshal says common-sense tips are the key to a fun and safe holiday.

June 30, 2015
Regional Workplace Safety Summit July 29 in Waco
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation is hosting a regional workplace safety workshop July 29 in Waco to help employers learn how to avoid common workplace injuries and comply with federal safety requirements.

June 23, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff July 23 in San Antonio
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Small Business Development Center offer an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at the UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Building, Room 2.316, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. on Thursday, July 23, 2015. The seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the registration fee is $50 with lunch provided.

June 16, 2015
Media Advisory: The TDI Division of Worker’s Compensation Regional Workplace Safety Summit Scheduled for June 17 in Houston has been canceled.
AUSTIN – The Workers’ Compensation Regional Workplace Safety Summit scheduled for June 17 at the Lone Star College System in The Woodlands has been canceled due to weather.

June 09, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN, TX — Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation, Ryan Brannan, recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).

June 08, 2015
TDI Fraud Prosecutor Named for Tarrant County
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) announced William “Doug” Wallace as a fraud prosecutor who will work exclusively with criminal prosecutors in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office to combat insurance fraud.

June 02, 2015
Regional Workplace Safety Summit Offered July 15 in Corpus Christi
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will present a regional workplace safety workshop for employers and employees on July 15, 2015 at the Region 2 Education Service Center at 209 North Water Street in Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi Regional Safety Summit is one of several Regional Safety Summits offered by the DWC around the state. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and includes coffee and snacks.

June 01, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Releases an Educational Video for the Transition to ICD-10 Code Sets
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) reminds all Texas workers’ compensation system participants that beginning October 1, 2015, the system will follow federal regulations and transition to the use of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification and Procedure Coding System, (ICD-10). The DWC has created a new training video on the transition from current ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets available to system participants.

May 29, 2015
TEXAS DEPARTMENT INSURANCE COMMISSIONER APPOINTS FOUR TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION APPEALS PANEL
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Insurance David Mattax has appointed four members to serve on a Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel, which helps interpret and apply National Council on Compensation Insurance rules to disputes brought by policyholders.

May 22, 2015
State Fire Marshal and Lubbock Fire Marshal’s Office Host Two Discussion Series in Lubbock
LUBBOCK, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the Lubbock Fire Marshal’s Office will host two discussions on May 27, 2015 in Lubbock.

May 22, 2015
INSURANCE TIPS FOR HURRICANE SEASON
AUSTIN – Hurricane season begins June 1. You’ve mapped out an evacuation route, but have you reviewed your insurance coverage to make sure your family would be protected after a storm?

May 22, 2015
TDI Offers Consumer Help After Recent Severe Weather
AUSTIN – Consumers who suffered property damage as a result of the recent severe weather should contact their insurance companies as soon as possible to begin the claims process. If you’re having trouble reaching your company, call the Texas Department of Insurance at 1-800-252-3439. Insurance specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer your insurance questions and to help you with company contact information.

May 20, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN, TX — Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation, Ryan Brannan, recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).

May 13, 2015
Media Advisory - TDI Updates Enforcement Actions on Website
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Insurance has updated summaries of enforcement actions naming licensed insurance agents, insurance companies and other regulated entities on the agency website at: https://wwwapps.tdi.state.tx.us/inter/asproot/commish/da/clips2015.asp

May 11, 2015
Regional Workplace Safety Summit Offered June 17 in Houston
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will present a regional workplace safety workshop for employers and employees on June 17, 2015 at the Lone Star College System at 5000 Research Forest Drive in The Woodlands. The Houston Regional Safety Summit is one of several Regional Safety Summits offered by the DWC around the state. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and includes coffee and snacks.

May 08, 2015
Media Advisory: State Fire Marshal’s Office and Richardson Fire Department Host Fire Investigation Forum
RICHARDSON, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the Richardson Fire Department will host the May Fire Investigation Forum. The forum topic will be Fire Analysis Tools for Fire Investigators. Dr. John DeHaan and Dr. Dave Icove will be presenting.

May 08, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff November 18 in Houston
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and the University of Houston (UH) Small Business Development Center offer an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at the UH Bauer College, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200 on November 18, 2015. The seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with lunch provided. The registration fee is $99 online or $119 for walk-in registration.

May 08, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff July 23 in San Antonio
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Small Business Development Center offer an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at the UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Building, Room 2.316, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. on Thursday, July 23, 2015. The seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the registration fee is $50 with lunch provided.

May 04, 2015
ARSON AWARENESS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY CANINE OFFICERS
AUSTIN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is joining the United States Fire Administration and countless local fire departments in observing Arson Awareness Week, May 3-9, 2015. This year’s theme focuses on the important contributions of Accelerant Detection Canines (ADC).

May 01, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Observes Texas Occupational Safety and Health Month
AUSTIN, TX — Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed May as Texas Occupational Safety and Health Month. The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) provides occupational safety resources and training to increase safety awareness for employers and employees statewide. According to data recently finalized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 508 employees died from work-related injuries in Texas in 2013.

April 20, 2015
MEDIA ADVISORY – APRIL 22, 2015 State Fire Marshal and Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office Host Two Discussion Series in Pearland
PEARLAND, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office will host two discussions on April 22, 2015 in Pearland.

April 15, 2015
CONSUMER ALERT: AT TAX TIME, AVOID RISKS OF IDENTITY THEFT
AUSTIN – Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information, such as Social Security number and date of birth, with the intent to commit fraud or to aid an unlawful activity. For the 2015 federal income tax season, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) urges consumers to consider a few simple safeguards to keep sensitive information out of the hands of wrongdoers.

April 15, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN, TX — Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation, Ryan Brannan, recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).

April 15, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff May 28th in Austin
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) offers an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at the DWC Central Office, 7551 Metro Center Drive in Austin on May 28, 2015. The seminar is free of charge and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 08, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff May 6th in El Paso
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and the El Paso Small Business Development Center offer an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at El Paso Community College – ASC Auditorium – 9050 Viscount Bldg. A on May 6, 2015. The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the registration fee is $65 with lunch provided. The educational seminar provides practical information for the medical office staff managing administrative processes related to Texas workers’ compensation claims. The seminar includes presentations on the following six session topics:

April 08, 2015
COMMISSIONER MATTAX NAMES THREE TO SURPLUS LINES STAMPING OFFICE BOARD
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Insurance David Mattax has appointed Michael Berry of Cedar Park and Evelyn Miller of Baytown, and reappointed Jennifer Hoff, ARM, MHP of Cedar Park to serve on the Surplus Lines Stamping Office Board of Directors for terms to expire December 31, 2017. The board reviews and evaluates the eligibility of each surplus lines insurance contract and surplus lines insurer.

April 08, 2015
Regional Workplace Safety Summit Offered April 22 in Fort Worth
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will present a regional workplace safety workshop for employers and employees on April 22, 2015 at the Region 11 Education Service Center at 1451 South Cherry Lane in White Settlement. The Fort Worth Regional Safety Summit is one of several Regional Safety Summits offered by the DWC around the state. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and includes coffee and snacks.

April 07, 2015
DWC Hosts 19th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference May 19-21
AUSTIN - The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will host the 19th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference, the Texas Safety Summit May 19-21, 2015 in Austin at the Doubletree Hotel Austin, located at 6505 IH-35 North.

March 31, 2015
Commissioner Mattax Elected Chairman of National Commission
AUSTIN – Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax was elected chairman of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission (IIPRC) on March 27 in Phoenix, AZ.

March 30, 2015
Media Advisory: State Fire Marshal and Longview Fire Marshal's Office Host Two Discussion Series in Longview
LONGVIEW, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the Longview Fire Marshal’s Office will host two discussions on April 1, 2015 in Longview.

March 20, 2015
TDI Urges Consumers to Prepare for Severe Spring Weather
AUSTIN – Spring will bring warmer temperatures to Texas, but it also brings the threat of severe weather with little time to prepare. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) urges consumers to plan for severe weather and take steps to reduce the risk of property damage, before storms strike.

March 16, 2015
TDI Reminds Consumers: Flood Coverage is Not Part of a Standard Homeowners Policy
AUSTIN – Hail storms and hurricanes get the headlines, but flash floods are the most common natural disasters. And to further complicate the matter, most homeowners insurance policies do not provide flood coverage. This is Flood Safety Awareness Week. Now is a good time to review your property’s flood risk, your current insurance coverage, and consider whether a separate flood policy should be part of your home protection plan.

March 09, 2015
Federal Jury Reaches $391 Million Verdict Against Trustee for Pre-Need Funeral Contract Trusts
AUSTIN -- A St. Louis federal jury has awarded $391 million, including $35.5 million in punitive damages, against PNC Bank following a five-week jury trial.

March 06, 2015
$84.4 Million Refund Agreement with Farmers Filed in Court
AUSTIN – On the heels of last week’s multi-million dollar refund agreement with the state’s largest homeowners insurer, Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner David Mattax announced today a revised settlement with the second largest homeowners insurer, Farmers Insurance, stemming from a 2002 lawsuit by the State against Farmers.

March 04, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation, Ryan Brannan, recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).

March 03, 2015
DWC Approves 10 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers’ Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) approved one new Certificate of Authority to self-insure workers’ compensation claims and renewed nine such certificates. The companies receiving the certificates collectively employ approximately 36,243 employees in Texas.

February 27, 2015
Texas Insurance Commissioner Announces $352.5 Million in Refunds to State Farm Policyholders
AUSTIN – Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner David Mattax announced today the resolution of a more than decade long dispute with the state’s largest homeowners insurer, State Farm Lloyds.

February 18, 2015
Regional Workplace Safety Summit Offered March 25th in San Antonio
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will present the first in a new series of regional workplace safety workshops for employers and employees on March 25, 2015 at the Region 20 Education Service Center at 1314 Hines in San Antonio. The San Antonio Regional Safety Summit is one of several Regional Safety Summits offered by the DWC around the state in the coming year. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and includes coffee and snacks.

February 12, 2015
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, insurance companies and other regulated entities on the agency website.

February 10, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Recovers More than $500,000 Owed to Injured Employees and Beneficiaries
AUSTIN, TX –The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) conducted performance audits of several insurance carriers on the accuracy of payments of Lifetime Income Benefits (LIBs) and Death Benefits (DBs). Through these audits, DWC discovered underpayments on 64 claims totaling over $511,000.

February 06, 2015
Commissioner Mattax Appoints Kennedy to Texas Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Board of Directors
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Insurance David Mattax has appointed Ted Kennedy of Austin to serve on the Board of Directors of the Texas Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association for a term to expire September 30, 2017. The board oversees the Association’s guarantee of performance of certain contractual obligations arising from life, accident, and health insurance policies or annuity contracts written for or benefiting Texas residents.

January 26, 2015
Consumer Alert - TDI Warns Consumers of Timeshare Fraud
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) warns owners of timeshare vacation properties of a fraud scheme involving unlicensed title insurance companies.

January 23, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces 2014 Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) in 2014.

January 22, 2015
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, insurance companies and other regulated entities on the agency website.

January 21, 2015
DWC Offers New Educational Outreach Program for Injured Employees
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has recently launched a new educational outreach program, Workers’ Compensation Fundamentals, designed to educate injured employees about the basics of workers’ compensation, so they are able to successfully navigate their claims. The free sessions are offered in both English and Spanish in select cities, and developed to ensure the information is provided clearly to the participating injured employees.

January 13, 2015
Gov. Perry Appoints Mattax as Commissioner of Insurance
AUSTIN – Texas Governor Rick Perry recently appointed David Mattax of Austin as Commissioner of Insurance for a term to expire February 1, 2015.

January 07, 2015
Insurance Department Recovers More Than $32 Million for Texas Consumers
AUSTIN – Consumer Protection staff for the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) were able to recover $32.4 million for Texas consumers during the past year as a result of complaint resolution, the agency announced today.

January 07, 2015
Commissioner Brannan Lowers Maintenance Tax Rate to Start 2015
AUSTIN, TX — Texas Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan has determined, pursuant to Texas Labor Code Section 403.003, that the maintenance tax rate be lowered to 1.533 percent of gross premiums collected by workers’ compensation insurance carriers from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014.



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