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  • State Office of Consumer Affairs and Division of Insurance Encourage Preparedness in Advance of Snow Storm
  • State Office of Consumer Affairs and Division of Insurance Encourage Preparedness in Advance of Snow Storm

    BOSTON - With the some parts of the state expecting as much as six to eight inches of snow overnight, the Patrick-Murray Executive Office of Consumer Affairs and its Division of Insurance are encouraging consumers to take proactive steps to protect their property from flood and wind damage.

    "As we have learned from the weather related events of the past two years, it is always better to be over prepared for storms," said Barbara Anthony, the Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. "We encourage consumers to become familiar with what is covered under their insurance policies to help mitigate potential impacts of this storm. A little extra work now can go a long way." More Information

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  • Division of Insurance Announces Special Sessions On Federal Mental Health Parity, Risk-Bearing Provider Organizations

    In order to plan for the implementation of new statutory language governing federal mental health parity standards and certification of risk-bearing provider organizations, the Division of Insurance has scheduled special sessions for parties interested in these issues.  Read about federal mental health parity here pdf format of mental-health-parity09192012.pdf
and risk-bearing provider organizations here pdf format of risk-bearing-provider09132012.pdf
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  • Docket Number R2012-01; Rate Filing of the Worker's Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau; Filed August 30, 2012 pdf format of Docket Number R2012-01; Filed August 30, 2012
  • Division of Insurance Rejects Request for 18.8 Percent Increase in Workers' Compensation Rates, Rates for September 1 to Stay Unchanged

    August 30, 2012 - Boston - The Patrick-Murray Administration's Division of Insurance today disapproved a request from the Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau to increase Massachusetts workers’ compensation rates by 18.8 percent, meaning rates will be unchanged and businesses will save an estimated $200 million on projected premium increases.

    The decision and order follow a five-month hearing process that included statements from the public, testimony from experts and cross examination of witnesses. More Information

  • Division of Insurance Rejects Request for 18.8 Percent Increase in Workers' Compensation Rates, Rates for September 1 to Stay Unchanged

    August 30, 2012 - Boston - The Patrick-Murray Administration's Division of Insurance today disapproved a request from the Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau to increase Massachusetts workers’ compensation rates by 18.8 percent, meaning rates will be unchanged and businesses will save an estimated $200 million on projected premium increases.

    The decision and order follow a five-month hearing process that included statements from the public, testimony from experts and cross examination of witnesses. More Information

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  • Massachusetts to Receive $1.7 Million in Penalties from Metropolitan Life, Prudential Insurance Groups

    The Commonwealth will receive nearly $1.7 million in penalties from the insurers, which have admitted to inappropriate practices and procedures regarding funds they held or owed under life insurance policies, annuity contracts and retained asset accounts. Massachusetts is one of a number of states which are parties to the settlement agreements. More Information

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  • Patrick-Murray Administration Approves $56.8 Million in Health Insurance Rebates for Small Businesses and Individuals

    BOSTON – June 26, 2012 – The Commissioner of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Division of Insurance, Joseph G. Murphy, today announced that individual citizens and small employers in the Commonwealth will benefit from nearly $57 million in rebates from five of the state's largest health insurers.

    The rebates will be delivered to 50,000 individual policyholders and an additional 50,000 small businesses and their employees. Individuals will receive on average $205 and businesses will receive on average $936. The exact amount of the rebate will be based on the carrier and plan in which the participants are part. The $56.8 million in rebates, determined by the Division in concert with the insurance carriers, is approximately $10 million more than the carriers had initially estimated and reported to the Division. More Information

  • Patrick-Murray Administration Approves $56.8 Million in Health Insurance Rebates for Small Businesses and Individuals

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  • DIVISION RELEASES RESULTS OF SPECIAL EXAMINATION ON THE 2011 MASSACHUSETTS TORNADOES

    On the afternoon of June 1, 2011, homes, businesses and property in portions of Western and Central Massachusetts suffered catastrophic damage as a result of severe weather conditions including tornadoes.  Recently, the Massachusetts Division of Insurance called a special examination of the top 25 home insurance companies and the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association (“FAIR Plan”) for the purpose of reviewing and evaluating the processing of claims submitted as a result of the tornadoes. The report documents that of the 11,000+ claims submitted by owners of homes, businesses and vehicles and other property, more than 98% were processed within 120 days of the tornado.  Insurance payments to date total nearly $200 million, essential funds which are allowing claimants to rebuild their homes and their lives. 

    For a link to the full report, click here pdf format of final-report-2011-tornadoes.pdf
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