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April 24, 2014
Captive Insurance Operations for AT&T Licensed in Texas
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has licensed Gateway Rivers Insurance Company as a captive insurer under rules recently adopted to implement Senate Bill (SB) 734 (83rd Regular Session, Texas Legislature). Gateway Rivers is the wholly-owned captive insurance subsidiary of AT&T Inc. based in Dallas.

April 22, 2014
Positive Trends in Texas WC System Include Lower Costs for Employers
AUSTIN, TX – Declining workplace injuries and fewer claims for workers’ compensation benefits are leading to lower costs for employers, Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon said today during invited testimony before the House Business & Industry Committee.

April 17, 2014
TDI Fraud Unit Helps Obtain Conviction of Ft. Worth Man for Insurance Fraud
AUSTIN – A Fort Worth man faces ten years in federal prison following a conviction for insurance fraud.

April 10, 2014
Texas Insurance Market Open for Business for Captive Insurers
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has approved the formation of a new captive insurer and the redomestication of two other captive entities under new rules adopted to implement Senate Bill (SB) 734.

April 8, 2014
Planning for Retirement Includes Insurance Choices
AUSTIN – Planning for retirement -- and to enjoy the years following a successful career -- can include making important decisions about many financial products, including insurance and annuities.

April 7, 2014
Commissioner Testifies: Closed Pharmacy Formulary Successfully Reduces Opioid Drug Prescriptions for Injured Employees
AUSTIN, TX - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon today presented testimony to the Texas House Committee on Public Health regarding the recent decline in the number and cost of opioid drug prescriptions in the Texas workers’ compensation system.

March 28, 2014
UTPA Alumni to Honor TDI Deputy Commissioner Danny Saenz
AUSTIN – The University of Texas-Pan American Alumni Association will honor Danny Saenz, Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Deputy Commissioner for Financial Regulation, with the 2014 Pillar of Success award to recognize his 26-year career as an insurance regulator.

March 27, 2014
Commissioner Rathgeber Appoints Advisory Committee
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber has appointed a committee of health care professionals to advise her on the technical, operational, and practical aspects of developing a standard form for requesting prior authorization of health care services.

March 25, 2014
State Fire Marshal to Hold Seven Meetings Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety in April
AUSTIN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is conducting a series of meetings with county officials and first responders across Texas to reinforce best practices for ammonium nitrate (AN) storage facilities.

March 24, 2014
Kelly Kistner Wins John R. Rauch Award for Excellence in Arson Investigation and Training
AUSTIN – The Texas Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) presented its John R. Rauch award to Assistant State Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner on Thursday evening, March 20, 2014, in Austin, Texas.

March 21, 2014
Division of Workers’ Compensation 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).

March 19, 2014
As Spring Begins, Insurance Department Urges Consumers to Prepare for Severe Weather
AUSTIN – The start of spring serves as a reminder that warmer temperatures in Texas also bring a threat of severe weather, often with very little notice. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) urges consumers to take steps to reduce the risk of property damage, before storms strike.

March 19, 2014
TDI Commissioner Rathgeber Appoints Haigood to Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Board of Directors
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber has appointed Lyndell Haigood to serve on the Board of Directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) for a term to expire in March 2015. The board oversees all TWIA operations and carries out the duties set forth in Chapter 2210 of the Texas Insurance Code.

March 13, 2014
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 28, 2014
TDI Provides Online Search for Navigator Registration Information
AUSTIN – Texans seeking assistance from a federal health benefit exchange navigator can verify the navigator’s registration status online.

February 27, 2014
State Fire Marshal to Hold Five Meetings Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety in March
AUSTIN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is conducting a series of meetings with county officials and first responders across Texas to reinforce best practices for ammonium nitrate (AN) storage facilities.

February 21, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY: Public Hearings on TWIA Rules February 26, March 3, and March 5
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Insurance has proposed rules to implement provisions of House Bill 3 (82nd Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session) related to loss funding and premium surcharges for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

February 20, 2014
TDI Commissioner Rathgeber Appoints Reiner to Texas Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association Board
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber has appointed Tiffany Reiner, CPCU, CIC, CRM, of Richardson to serve on the Board of Directors of the Texas Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association for a term to expire December 31, 2015.

February 11, 2014
TDI Conference Focuses on Fighting Insurance Fraud
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has opened registration for its 16th Annual Fraud Conference. The conference is designed for law enforcement and special investigators combating insurance fraud. The conference will be held April 29-May 1, 2014, at the Austin Convention Center.

February 10, 2014
Commissioner Bordelon Sets Lowest Maintenance Tax Rate Since 2010
AUSTIN, TX - Texas Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Rod Bordelon has determined, pursuant to Texas Labor Code Section 403.002 (b), that the maintenance tax rate be lowered to 1.543 percent of gross premiums collected by workers’compensation insurance carriers from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.

February 6, 2014
TDI Commissioner Rathgeber Appoints Two to Texas Life and Health Guaranty Association Board
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber has appointed Evelyn Miller and Barrie Stokes to the Board of Directors of the Texas Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association for terms to expire September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2017, respectively.

February 4, 2014
State Fire Marshal to Hold Statewide Meetings Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety
AUSTIN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is conducting a series of meetings with county officials and first responders across Texas to reinforce best practices for ammonium nitrate (AN) storage facilities.

February 3, 2014
DWC Approves 11 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers’ Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) approved eleven renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers’ compensation claims for a one-year period under the DWC Self-Insurance Program. These companies collectively employ approximately 20,159 employees in Texas.

January 31, 2014
Division of Workers’ Compensation 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).

January 28, 2014
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, 2014
New Rules Help Protect Consumers’ Personal Information
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) today issued final rules to strengthen protections for consumers who seek assistance from federal health benefit exchange navigators. The rules address insufficiencies in federal standards, as required by Senate Bill (SB) 1795.

January 13, 2014
State Fire Marshal to Hold Statewide Meetings Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety
AUSTIN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is conducting a series of meetings with county officials and first responders across Texas to reinforce best practices for ammonium nitrate (AN) storage facilities. There are three meetings scheduled in January.

January 7, 2014
Commissioner Rathgeber Appoints Three to Board of Directors for Surplus Lines Stamping Office
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber recently appointed Randle Loving, Paul Rainey, and Cynthia Vickers to the Board of Directors of the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas for terms to expire December 31, 2016.

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