Request for Increase in Workers' Comp Cost Benchmark Rejected by Commissioner Poizner

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California Insurance Commissioner Requires Overhaul of Workers’ Comp Rate-Making System to Increase Transparency

Citing the inclusion of avoidable costs, California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner for the third straight time rejected a filing submitted on behalf of insurers by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (“WCIRB”) seeking an increase in the workers’ compensation pure premium rates and claims cost benchmark (“Benchmark”).

The WCIRB had originally submitted a filing recommending a 29.6% increase, which was subsequently amended to 27.7%. The WCIRB justified the recommended rate increase as warranted primarily because of rising medical costs. This increase would have affected policies with effective dates on or after January 1, 2011. See this link for a summary of the proceedings relating to the WCIRB’s filing.

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