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October 29, 2014
State Fire Marshal’s Office Encourages Fire Safe Halloween Practices
AUSTIN, TX – Halloween is a time for trick-or-treating, dressing up, and decorating jack-o-lanterns. These fun activities also pose fire risks. The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) encourages all Texans to be fire safe this Halloween.

October 28, 2014
Division of Workers’ Compensation Issues Call for Presenters for 2015 Texas Safety Summit
AUSTIN – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is seeking presenters for its 19th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference, the Texas Safety Summit, which will be held in Austin on May 19-21, 2015.

October 24, 2014
TDI Fraud Prosecutor Named for Dallas County
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) announced Amy Allen as a fraud prosecutor who will work exclusively with criminal prosecutors in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to combat insurance fraud.

October 24, 2014
State Fire Marshal’s Office, Dallas Fire-Rescue, and Dallas Police Department Host Texas K9 Conference
DALLAS, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO), Dallas Fire-Rescue, and Dallas Police Department to host the Texas K9 Conference, October 27-31, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

October 23, 2014
Commissioner Rathgeber Appoints Ford to FAIR Plan Governing Committee
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber has appointed Christina Ford of Red Oak to the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Governing Committee

October 20, 2014
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).

October 17, 2014
State Fire Marshal’s Office and Texas Fire Marshals’ Association Host 16th Annual Texas Fire Marshals’ Conference
AUSTIN, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and Texas Fire Marshals’ Association host the 16th Annual Texas Fire Marshals’ Conference, October 20-24, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

October 13, 2014
State Fire Marshal and El Paso County ESD #2 Host Two-Discussion Series in Vinton
VINTON, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the El Paso County ESD #2 will host two discussions on October 14, 2014 in Vinton, Texas, El Paso County.

October 10, 2014
New Online Form Submission Option Helps Employers Comply with State Workers’ Compensation Requirements
AUSTIN, TX —The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) now offers a new option for employers or those filing on their behalf, such as third-party administrators and employer representatives who file the DWC Form-005, Employer Notice of No Coverage or Termination of Coverage with DWC.

October 07, 2014
DWC Approves 12 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers’ Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) approved 2 new Certificates of Authority to self-insure workers’ compensation claims and renewed 10 such certificates. The companies receiving the certificates collectively employ approximately 41,812 employees in Texas.

October 06, 2014
DWC Recognizes Advanced Aromatics, LLC for Exemplary Safety Program
Baytown - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation, Ryan Brannan, recognized Advanced Aromatics, LLC for its exemplary workplace safety program and low rate of work-related injuries and illnesses today at the company’s offices in Baytown. The company is an organic chemical manufacturing facility and employs 49 people.

October 03, 2014
Join the State Fire Marshal’s Office for Fire Prevention Week
AUSTIN- Governor Perry has declared October 5-11, 2014, Fire Prevention Week. The State Fire Marshal’s Office of Texas, along with hundreds of local fire agencies, will join the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in the Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives! campaign.

October 03, 2014
State Fire Marshal to Hold Five Meetings Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety in October
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.

October 02, 2014
Division of Workers’ Compensation Encourages Safety Behind the Wheel During Drive Safely Work Week and Beyond
The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is sponsoring the national Drive Safely Work Week campaign from October 6 - 10, 2014. The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) encourages employers to address driving and vehicular hazards in their accident prevention programs on an ongoing basis.

October 02, 2014
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.

September 19, 2014
Workers’ Compensation Weekly Benefit Rates Set for October 1, 2014 Through September 30, 2015
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).

September 15, 2014
DWC Recognizes 2014 Star of Texas Award Recipients
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognizes the 2014 recipients of the Texas Star Award which honors peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

September 11, 2014
Texas Fatal Occupational Injuries Decrease in 2013
AUSTIN, TX - In 2013, there were 493 fatal occupational injuries in Texas, an eight percent decrease from 536 in 2012, according to preliminary data released today from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).

September 05, 2014
State Fire Marshal to Hold Seven Meetings Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety in September
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.

September 02, 2014
September is Campus Fire Safety Month
AUSTIN- The start of a new college semester means new classes, new friends, and often a new place to live. With the fast pace of a new school year, students often forget, or don't even consider, the potential for fire in their new surroundings.

August 29, 2014
State Fire Marshal's Office Encourages Safe Grilling Practices
AUSTIN, TX - College football season is underway, which means tailgating, barbecuing, and outdoor grilling. Whether you are grilling at a tailgate party or in your back yard, always make sure you are grilling safe!

August 27, 2014
REMINDER - DWC to Host Texas Workers' Compensation Compliance Conference in Austin on September 12, 2014 and in Houston on October 21, 2014
AUSTIN, TX - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) will host the Texas Workers' Compensation Compliance Conference in 2014. The conference will be held in Austin on September 12, 2014 and repeated in Houston on October 21, 2014.

August 13, 2014
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).

August 11, 2014
Insurance Commissioner Selects New Associate Commissioner of Fraud Unit
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has selected Chris Davis as the new associate commissioner of TDI's Fraud Unit.

August 08, 2014
State Fire Marshal's Office and San Antonio Fire Department Host August Fire Investigation Forum
SAN ANTONIO, TX - The Texas Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) and San Antonio Fire Department are hosting the August Fire Investigation Forum. The forum topic is Complex and Fatality Scene Management. Tommy Sing and Assistant State Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner will be presenting.

August 07, 2014
State Fire Marshal to Hold Six Meetings Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety in August
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.

August 06, 2014
Texas Title Agent Convicted of Felony Insurance Fraud
AUSTIN - An investigation by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Unit has helped convict a Dallas area escrow officer of felony mortgage fraud.

August 05, 2014
State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy Receives National Award
AUSTIN - The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) recently presented the President's Award to Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy at the NASFM conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

July 28, 2014
Statement by TDI Commissioner Julia Rathgeber on the Appointment of Ryan Brannan as DWC Commissioner
AUSTIN -Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber today issued the following statement on the appointment of Ryan Brannan as Commissioner of the Division of Workers' Compensation.

July 25, 2014
Commissioner Rathgeber Appoints Advisory Committee
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber has appointed a committee of health care professionals and consumers with experience in prior authorizations to advise her on the technical, operational, and practical aspects of developing the single standard prior authorization form for requesting prior authorization.....

July 21, 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

July 07, 2014
State Fire Marshal Presentation in Paris on July 14th Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety
AUSTIN - Continuing the State Fire Marshal's series of statewide meetings to reinforce best practices for ammonium nitrate (AN) storage facilities, Fire Marshal Chris Connealy will be speaking in Paris on July 14, 2014. Attendees will be county officials and first responders from Lamar and Delta counties.

July 01, 2014
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces Recent Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC).

July 01, 2014
DWC Approves 12 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) approved twelve 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 36,678 employees in Texas.

June 25, 2014
Fireworks Tips to Keep Texans Safe
AUSTIN -The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate and for many this celebration includes fireworks. But fireworks of any kind can be dangerous. During 2012 in Texas, there were more than 800 fires caused by fireworks, according to data provided by the Texas Fire Incident Reporting System (TEXFIRS).

June 25, 2014
Rule Aims to Assist Injured Employees Seeking Lifetime Income Benefits
AUSTIN, TX -The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) is accepting public comment on a rule that will assist injured employees seeking Lifetime Income Benefits in the Texas workers' compensation system.

June 13, 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).

June 03, 2014
TDI Issues Bulletin Regarding Roofers and Insurance Adjusters
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has issued a bulletin to insurance companies, insurance adjusters, and roofers, reminding them of prohibitions related to public insurance adjusters enacted by the 83rd Texas Legislature (2013).

June 02, 2014
The State Fire Marshal's Office and Athens Fire Department Conclude Scene Investigation at East Texas AG Supply
ATHENS, TX - The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) and the Athens Fire Department, along with Henderson County Fire Marshal's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Dallas Field Division, announce the conclusion of the scene investigation at East Texas AG Supply in Athens, Texas.

May 30, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY: Fertilizer Facility Fire - Athens, Texas
Media Advisory: Fertilizer Facility Fire - Athens, Texas

May 27, 2014
State Fire Marshal to Hold Six Meetings Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety in June
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.

May 27, 2014
Insurance Tips for Hurricane Preparedness
AUSTIN - Hurricane season officially begins in Texas on June 1 and runs through the end of November, typically with peak activity in August and September.

May 23, 2014
New Rules Implement Legislative Changes to TWIA Funding
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) today issued final rules to update existing loss funding and premium surcharge rules for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), as required by HB 3, 82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session (2011).

May 22, 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).

May 19, 2014
State Fire Marshal's Office Presents a Live Burn Demonstration in Conjunction with the Lewisville Fire Department
AUSTIN - The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) and the Lewisville Fire Department are presenting a special live burn demonstration class with renowned fire expert Jamie Novak on May 19-21, 2014 in Lewisville, Texas.

May 07, 2014
TDI Fraud Unit Names McWhorter Employee of the Year
AUSTIN - Lt. Donald McWhorter is the 2014 Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Unit Employee of the Year. McWhorter was recognized for his successful career in law enforcement and fraud investigation during the 16th Annual TDI Fraud Conference held at the Austin Convention Center April 29-May 1.

May 05, 2014
DWC Hosts Texas Workplace Safety Summit May 6-8 in Austin
AUSTIN, TX - Texas Governor Rick Perry has declared May 2014 as "Occupational Safety and Health Month" to recognize the importance of occupational safety and health practices to the well-being of every employee in Texas and to our vibrant economy.

May 01, 2014
The State Fire Marshal's Office Reminds Everyone That Vehicle Arson is a Combustible Crime
AUSTIN - The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office, the Texas Department of Insurance, and hundreds of local fire agencies are joining the U.S. Fire Administration in the Vehicle Arson - a Combustible Crime campaign for Arson Awareness Week, May 4-10, 2014.

April 30, 2014
2014 Texas Insurance Fraud Investigator of the Year Announced
AUSTIN - The 2014 Texas Fraud Investigator of the Year Award was announced today during the 16th Annual Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Conference.

April 25, 2014
State Fire Marshal to Hold Six Meetings Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety in May
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.

April 25, 2014
TDI Announces Top 10 Insurance Fraud Cases of 2013
AUSTIN -- More than $10.3 million in insurance fraud was identified in criminal cases referred for prosecution by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Unit in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Court-ordered restitution for cases that reached final adjudication during this same period totaled more than $7.5 million.

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 08, 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 07, 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 06, 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 04, 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 03, 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 29, 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 20, 2014
Workers' Compensation Educational Session Offered in Wichita Falls on February 19
AUSTIN, TX - The Wichita Falls Office of the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) is hosting an educational session entitled Texas Workers' Compensation Paper Billing Form Changes on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. The educational sessions are for all Texas workers' compensation participants, including: health care provide

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 07, 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.

January 07, 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.

December 18, 2013
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces Performance Based Oversight Results
AUSTIN, TX - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) today released the results of the 2013 Health Care Provider Performance Based Oversight (PBO) assessment.

December 16, 2013
TDI Testifies Before U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee On Proposed Navigator Rules
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) testified today at a hearing in Richardson at the invitation of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding proposed rules to better protect the private information of consumers who seek assistance from federal health benefit exchange navigators.

December 11, 2013
MEDIA ADVISORY: Public Hearings on Navigator Rules December 20 and January 6
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has proposed rules to implement Senate Bill (SB) 1795, 83rd Texas Legislature, to better protect the private information of consumers who seek assistance from federal benefit exchange navigators.

December 09, 2013
State Fire Marshal to Meet with Bosque County Officials Regarding Ammonium Nitrate Facility Safety
AUSTIN - Bosque County and the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) are hosting an ammonium nitrate (AN) best practices meeting on December 12, 2013, 6:30 PM at the Bosque Arts Center, 215 S. College Hill Dr., Clifton, TX 76634.

December 03, 2013
TDI Proposes Navigator Rules To Protect Texas Consumers
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has proposed rules to strengthen protections for consumers who seek assistance from federal health exchange navigators.

November 22, 2013
Texas Health Insurance Pool Coverage Extended to March 31, 2014
AUSTIN - Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber today signed an order to extend existing insurance coverage for Texas Health Insurance Pool enrollees until March 31, 2014. The commissioner worked with state Leadership to determine an extension is the best option.

November 22, 2013
Winter Weather Tips from the Department of Insurance
AUSTIN - As temperatures drop, the Texas Department of Insurance reminds Texas residents that colder weather can bring new hazards that are unique to this time of year. TDI provides the following tips to help keep your winter safe and insurance-claim free.

November 18, 2013
Correction: Texas Workplace Injury, Illness Rate Again Below U.S. Rate
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas incidence rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in private industry was 2.7 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2012, below the national rate of 3.4. The incidence rate for Texas remained unchanged for the third consecutive year.

November 13, 2013
TDI Accepts Applications for Captive Insurers to Relocate to Texas
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance has begun accepting applications from captive insurance companies located in other jurisdictions that would like to relocate to Texas. TDI will license the companies under a law change approved by the 83rd Texas Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 5, 2013.

November 06, 2013
TDI Helps Obtain Four-Year Prison Sentence for San Antonio Woman for Insurance Fraud
SAN ANTONIO - The Bexar County 379th District Court recently convicted Lakeisha Stevens of San Antonio of a third-degree felony charge of Insurance Fraud ($20,000-$100,000) and sentenced Stevens to serve four years in prison.

November 04, 2013
TDI-DWC Approves 10 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) approved ten renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers' compensation claims for a one-year period under the TDI-DWC Self-Insurance Program.

November 01, 2013
TDI Offers Information to Consumers After Recent Flooding Events
AUSTIN - Consumers affected by the recent heavy rainfall can contact the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) for answers to their flood-related insurance questions.

November 01, 2013
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

November 01, 2013
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).

October 23, 2013
TDI Launches Life Policy Locator to Help Consumers
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance recently started a new service for people trying to find a lost life insurance policy or annuity contract.

October 04, 2013
State Fire Marshal's Office Encourages Safe Cooking Practices for Fire Prevention Week
The State Fire Marshal's Office of Texas, along with hundreds of local fire agencies, will join the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in the Get Cookin' with Fire Safety campaign for Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12.

October 02, 2013
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).

October 01, 2013
Workers' Compensation Health Care Network Report Card Published
AUSTIN - Workers' compensation networks certified by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) continued to show improvements in medical costs, return-to-work outcomes, and health outcomes in the latest annual report card published by TDI's Workers' Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG).

October 01, 2013
TDI Offers Consumers Tips to Avoid Health Insurance Scams
AUSTIN -- With changes in the health insurance market in Texas, there may be more opportunities for the theft of personal information, identity, and money.

September 26, 2013
State Fire Marshal's Office Encourages Safe Grilling Practices
AUSTIN, TX - Barbecuing and outdoor grilling are a year-around pastime in Texas. Whether it's grilling at a tailgate party or in your back yard, always make sure you are grilling safe!

September 24, 2013
Workers' Compensation Weekly Benefit Rates Set for October 1, 2013 Through September 30, 2014
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).

September 13, 2013
TDI Names Allison Castle Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs
Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber today announced Allison Castle as Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs effective October 1.

September 12, 2013
Houston Insurance Agent Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison
HOUSTON - McKinley Shumate, 59, of Houston was sentenced to ten years in prison for Misapplication of Fiduciary Property in Harris County 180th District Court on August 26.

September 12, 2013
Texas Marks Centennial Anniversary of Workers' Compensation Laws
AUSTIN, TX - September 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the effective date of the first workers' compensation laws passed by the 33rd Texas Legislature. In observance of this centennial date, Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon released the following statement:

August 29, 2013
San Antonio Woman Pleads No Contest to Felony Theft of Insurance Payments
SAN ANTONIO - Jennifer Marez, 35, of San Antonio pled no contest to a second-degree felony of theft of $100,000 to $200,000 in Bexar County 187th District Court on August 27. As a condition of her plea agreement, Marez faces up to 10 years in prison and is required to permanently surrender her insurance adjuster license.

August 23, 2013
Texas Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2012 (Preliminary Results)
AUSTIN, TX - Nationally, there were a total of 4,383 fatal work injuries in 2012, according to preliminary data released on August 22, 2013 by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).

August 16, 2013
Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Appoints New Medical Advisor
AUSTIN, TX - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon has appointed Dr. David Davis as the Medical Advisor for the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation), effective August 26, 2013.

August 14, 2013
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

July 30, 2013
TDI-DWC Approves 11 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-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 TDI-DWC Self-Insurance Program.

July 03, 2013
Houston Man Convicted of First-Degree Felony for Misapplication of Fiduciary Property
HOUSTON - A Harris County District Court has convicted Leon "Randy" Sinclair III, of Houston, of first-degree felony Misapplication of Fiduciary Property. The court sentenced Sinclair to serve 20 years in prison.

June 21, 2013
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).

June 20, 2013
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.

May 31, 2013
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 homeowner's insurance to make sure you and your loved ones are financially protected from a disaster.

May 28, 2013
TDI Releases New Health Insurance Rate Tracking Tool
AUSTIN - Texans can now access an online tool to track health insurance rate changes filed with the Texas Department of Insurance.

May 21, 2013
Texas Companies Receive Safety Award at Texas Safety Summit
DWC recognized two Texas employers, CFAN and BeautiControl, with safety awards for their exemplary occupational safety and health programs.

May 21, 2013
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).

May 16, 2013
The State Fire Marshal's Office and ATF Conclude Scene Investigation at the West Fertilizer Plant
WEST, TX - SFMO and ATF National Response Team, along with ATF Special Agents from the Houston Field Division, announce the conclusion of the scene investigation at the West Fertilizer Plant fire and explosion that occurred on April 17, 2013. Both agencies have ruled the cause of the fire as "undetermined."

May 16, 2013
Insurance Assistance Available Following North Texas Tornadoes
AUSTIN - In the aftermath of severe tornado activity in North Texas on May 15, Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) staff will be on-site in Granbury, Millsap, Mineral Wells, and Cleburne to help insurance consumers.

May 15, 2013
Sugar Land Man Convicted of First-Degree Felony for Misapplication of Fiduciary Property
HOUSTON - The Harris County 338th District Court has convicted Leslie Ray Collins of Sugar Land of a first-degree felony of misapplication of fiduciary property over the value of $200,000 and sentenced Collins to serve 12 years in prison.

May 14, 2013
State Fire Marshal's Office and ATF Announce Results of West Fertilizer Plant Fire Investigation
WEST, TX -Results of the joint investigation of the fire scene at the West Fertilizer Plant in West, Texas will be announced on May 16, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at a news conference in the West High School parking lot.

May 13, 2013
Employers and Employees Invited to Texas Safety Summit May 14-16 in Austin During Occupational Safety and Health Month
AUSTIN, TX - The observance of "Occupational Safety and Health Month" will be highlighted by the 17th Annual Safety and Health Conference, the Texas Safety Summit, May 14-16, 2013 in Austin. The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) hosts the conference, which is open to all employers.

May 07, 2013
West Fertilizer Investigation to Continue Past May 10
The investigation into the origin and cause of the West Fertilizer Plant fire and explosion is ongoing. The investigation will not be complete by May 10. The investigation will take 1-2 weeks beyond May 10.

April 18, 2013
Insurance Department to Offer Coordinated Response <br/>to Fire and Explosion in West, Texas
AUSTIN - The April 17 fire and explosion in West, Texas resulted in fatalities, injuries, and property damage. The Texas Department of Insurance, with other agencies, will provide assistance through the State Fire Marshal's Office, its Consumer Protection resources, and the Division of Workers' Compensation.

April 18, 2013
Division of Workers' Compensation: Explosion at West Fertilizer Company
AUSTIN, TX - The Division of Workers' Compensation is coordinating with state and local agencies to ensure injured in the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas have access to benefits and workers' compensation claim information.

April 17, 2013
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).

April 17, 2013
TDI-DWC Approves 9 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation has approved two initial applications and seven renewals for companies to self-insure their workers' compensation claims for a one-year period.

April 11, 2013
Insurance Department Warns Against Roof Repair Scams
Helpful tips to avoid roof repair scams

March 25, 2013
Number of Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses Requiring Days Off Work in 2011
AUSTIN, TX - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, private industry employers experienced a lower incident rate of 78.7 injuries and illnesses involving days away from work per 10,000 full-time equivalent employees in Texas for 2011.

March 19, 2013
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 18, 2013
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

March 15, 2013
Statement regarding TWIA financial condition
TDI issues a statement in light of an upcoming meeting about the financial condition of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

March 11, 2013
17th Annual Texas Safety Summit for Employers and Employees May 14-16 in Austin
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation is hosting the 17th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference - Texas Safety Summit - in Austin May 14-16.

February 20, 2013
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 29, 2013
Texas State Fire Marshal's Office Urges Everyone To Have An Exit Strategy
AUSTIN - In the wake of the tragic Kiss nightclub fire in Brazil, the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) reminds everyone to Have an Exit Strategy (HAES). HAES urges all Texans to identify two ways out of any room they're in.

January 16, 2013
14 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation, approved 14 renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers' compensation claims for a one-year period.

January 04, 2013
TDI Addresses Insurance Fraud at Annual Conference February 11-12 in Austin
AUSTIN - New insurance fraud investigation techniques, changes in fraud laws and an update on fraud schemes will be offered at the 15th Annual Texas Department of Insurance Fraud Conference February 11-12 in Austin.

January 03, 2013
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.

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.

December 14, 2011
TDI Announces October Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions that became final during October 2011.

December 12, 2011
4th Year Decrease in Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses in 2010
Texas reported a fourth year decrease in the number of work-related injuries and illnesses requiring days off work in 2010.

November 22, 2011
Commissioner Kitzman Statement on NAIC Resolution
Commissioner Kitzman issues statement on NAIC resolution urging Congress to amend the Medical Loss Ratio provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to ensure consumer access to agents and brokers.

November 03, 2011
Texas Nonfatal Occupational Injuries, Illnesses Declined in 2010
AUSTIN, TX - Private industry workplaces in Texas reported a seven percent decrease in nonfatal injuries and illnesses during 2010 with a total of 189,841.

November 03, 2011
Texas Insurance Regulator Wins Top National Award
AUSTIN - The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) presented its highest award to Danny Saenz of the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) at its fall 2011 meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.

October 31, 2011
TDI Announces September Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions that became final during September 2011.

October 17, 2011
TDI-DWC Announces September 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 17, 2011
TDI-DWC Announces 2011 Performance Based Oversight Results
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation, has released results of the 2011 Health Care Provider performance based oversight assessment.

October 11, 2011
TDI Announces August Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions that became final during August 2011.

October 05, 2011
14 Companies Approved to Self-Insure Workers' Compensation
AUSTIN, TX - Some 14 companies, employing about 188,000 Texans, have been approved to self-insure their workers' compensation claims for a one-year period.

October 05, 2011
TDI-DWC Hosts Educational Sessions on the Pharmacy Closed Formulary
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation is hosting educational sessions on the pharmacy closed formulary in October and November at its field offices around the state.

October 03, 2011
Regional Workplace Safety Summit Offered in Lubbock on October 19
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation will present a regional workplace safety workshop on October 19 in Lubbock.

October 03, 2011
Division of Workers' Compensation Victoria Office Closes 11/1
AUSTIN, TX - Effective November 1, 2011, the Victoria Field Office of the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) will close permanently.

September 28, 2011
Work-Related Fatalities Decreased in Texas in 2010
AUSTIN, TX - Texas recorded a preliminary total of 456 work-related fatalities in 2010, a 5 percent decrease compared to the revised 2009 total of 482 fatalities. Nationally, there were a preliminary total of 4,547 fatal work injuries in 2010, about the same as the final revised count of 4,551 in 2009, according to the most recently available data released on August 25, 2011, by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).

September 21, 2011
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces August 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).

September 19, 2011
Workers' Compensation Benefit Rates Set for 10/1/11 through 9/20/12
The weekly rates for workers' compensation income benefits has been set at $787 and the minimum weekly benefit rate has been set at $118 for October 1, 2011, through September 20, 2012.

September 06, 2011
In the Event of a Fire Loss Covered by Insurance
Wildfires are affecting dozens of communities in Texas. If you have a fire loss, the Texas Department of Insurance has information to help you understand your coverage and protect your interests.

September 01, 2011
TDI Announces July Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions taken by the Commissioner of Insurance that became final during July 2011.

August 15, 2011
TDI Announces June Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions final during June 2011, including seven license revocations, two license denials and fines and restitution totaling $285,521.

August 09, 2011
Division of Workers' Compensation System Data Report Available Online
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation is offering a new interactive online report containing workers' compensation system data.

August 09, 2011
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 11, 2011
TDI Announces May Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions taken by Commissioner Mike Geeslin that became final during May 2011.

June 28, 2011
12 Companies Approved to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation approved twelve renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers' compensation claims.

June 13, 2011
San Marcos Company Receives Safety Award at Texas Safety Summit
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance - Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) recognized CFAN Company of San Marcos with the Peer Review Safety Award for exemplary safety programs on May 12 at the 15th Annual Safety and Health Conference, the Texas Safety Summit, in Austin.

June 13, 2011
TDI Announces April Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions taken by Commissioner Mike Geeslin that became final during April 2011.

June 13, 2011
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 01, 2011
Division of Workers' Compensation Missouri City Office Closes July 5
AUSTIN, TX - Effective Tuesday, July 5, 2011, the Missouri City Field Office of the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) will close permanently.

May 23, 2011
Insurance Protection Key to Hurricane Preparation
Hurricane season starts June 1, and the Texas Department of Insurance encourages everyone to check if home insurance, inventories or safety plans need updating.

May 18, 2011
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces April 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 06, 2011
TDI: Know Your Life Insurance Beneficiary Claim Forms
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance is encouraging beneficiaries to carefully read the terms of their claim form and accompanying brochures when filing a life insurance policy death claim.

May 03, 2011
TDI Announces March Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions taken by Commissioner Mike Geeslin that became final during March 2011.

May 02, 2011
Workers' Compensation Data Assists in Child Support Enforcement
AUSTIN, TX - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon has signed a data sharing agreement to assist federal and state officials in identifying individual delinquent in their child support obligations.

April 15, 2011
In the Event of a Loss Covered by Insurance
As the recent wildfire situation in Texas has shown, a disaster can occur in any part of the state and often with little or no warning. The following information can help you understand your coverage and protect your interests if you have to file an insurance claim.

April 15, 2011
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces March 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).

April 15, 2011
TDI Announces February Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions taken by Commissioner Mike Geeslin that became final during February 2011.

April 11, 2011
10 Companies Approved to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation, has approved one initial application and nine renewals to self-insure their workers' compensation claims for a one-year period.

March 31, 2011
TDI Secures Benefits to Settle Race-Based Insurance Claims
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance has reached a settlement with Texas Imperial Life Insurance Company to secure additional benefits to African-American consumers historically sold various types of insurance policies at higher rates than policies sold to whites.

March 24, 2011
Media Advisory: TWIA Management Changes
The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) Board of Directors has named a new acting general manager and announced a transition plan that includes hiring a new general manager.

March 11, 2011
TDI Announces January Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions taken by Commissioner Mike Geeslin that became final during January 2011.

March 09, 2011
TDI-DWC Announces February Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN, TX - 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 03, 2011
Media Advisory: TDI Places TWIA Under Administrative Oversight
On Monday February 28, 2011 the Commissioner placed the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) under Administrative Oversight.

February 10, 2011
TDI-DWC Announces January Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN, TX - Commissioner of Workers' Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC).

February 03, 2011
Home Heating Tips for Staying Safe and Warm
AUSTIN - As the temperatures drop, the risk of fire related property loss, injury and death increases. The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office reminds everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season.

February 01, 2011
TDI Announces December Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance today announced enforcement actions taken by Commissioner Mike Geeslin that became final during December 2010.

January 31, 2011
Avoid Home Damage from Frozen Pipes
AUSTIN - With the approach of colder weather, Texas residents are reminded that a fast-moving cold front can cause temperatures to drop below freezing within hours.

January 14, 2011
Division of Workers' Compensation December Enforcement Actions
AUSTIN, TX - 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 06, 2011
Division Approves 12 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers' Compensation Claims
AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation approved certificates for twelve companies that employ approximately 20,700 employees in Texas to continue to self-insure their workers' compensation claims for a one-year period.

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