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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 8, 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 7, 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 6, 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 5, 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 7, 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 1, 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 1, 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 3, 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 2, 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 7, 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 5, 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 1, 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 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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