Notice of Hearing

Docket No. R2011-01

Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts
Rate Filings for Workers' Compensation Insurance

In accordance with the authority granted to the Commissioner of Insurance ("Commissioner") under M. G. L. c. 152, §53A, a hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on March 30, 2011, at the Division of Insurance ("Division"), 1000 Washington Street, Boston, MA, to consider the request of the Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts ("WCRIB"), an unincorporated association licensed as a rating organization pursuant to M. G. L. c. 152, §52C, for a general revision of workers' compensation insurance risks and premiums. On March 1, 2011, the WCRIB submitted a filing requesting a statewide average rate increase of 6.6 percent; on that same date, the parties to this proceeding, the WCRIB, the State Rating Bureau in the Division of Insurance and the Attorney General, also submitted a proposed stipulation.

The purpose of the hearing is to afford all interested persons an opportunity to provide evidence and testimony relating to the proposed workers' compensation classifications, risks and rates so that the Commissioner can determine whether the proposed classifications and rates are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory for the risks to which they apply and whether they fall within a range of reasonableness. The evidentiary portion of the hearing will commence immediately after public comment is concluded.

The proposed rates and supporting documentation that the WCRIB filed on March 1, 2011 and any related submissions may be inspected in the Division's offices during normal business hours. Any person who wishes to participate as an interested party in this hearing must comply with the procedures set forth in 211 CMR 110.05 (3). All parties, including those who have been given permission to intervene or to participate must attend. Persons who wish to present unsworn oral or written statements on March 30, 2011 are asked to submit a notice of intent to make such statements no later than March 28, 2011. All other interested persons will be heard after those who notify the Division in advance. Participants who intend to introduce data at the hearing are urged to file such data with the Division no later than March 23, 2011.

All notices and submissions must be sent to the Docket Clerk, Hearings and Appeals, Division of Insurance, and must refer to Docket No. R2011-01.

Dated: March 1, 2011


Joseph G. Murphy

Commissioner of Insurance