Texas Department of Insurance News

Scams Include Fake Flood Damage, Phantom Car Wrecks and Post-Dated Claims

A lawyer who faked flood damage, a bodyshop owner who reported accidents that never happened and motorists who filed claims for crashes that occurred before they bought auto insurance policies were among the people who were arrested or convicted for …

Texas DOI Re-Certifies 10 Firms to Self-Insure Workers’ Comp Claims

The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) re-certified 10 employers to self-insure workers’ compensation claims. In total, the companies employ about 15,000 people in Texas. DWC renewed: Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and …

Texas Workers’ Comp Fraud Unit Boasts 40 Investigations Since Inception

Since its establishment five months ago, the new in-house fraud unit at the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation has opened more than 40 investigations and hired additional fraud investigators to extend its reach. “It’s a huge benefit to have a …

Texas DWC Claim Files go Digitial

Every month, TDI’s Division of Workers’ Compensation receives hundreds of requests for records of workers’ compensation claims that can date back to the 1960s. DWC first checks to make sure the person requesting the confidential records has a right to …

Texas’ Closed Formulary Helped Reduce Costs, Opioid Use

A recent analysis by researchers at the Texas Department of Insurance shows that the Texas pharmacy closed formulary is lowering costs and reducing the use of opioids. “Other states are interested in the success we’re having in Texas,” said Workers’ …

Texas Disaster Outreach Program Works to Protect Storm Victims

After tornadoes ravaged the Dallas area in late December, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Unit worked together to establish a new disaster outreach program, called the Catastrophe Response Team (CRT). The CRT …

Texas Regulators Recover $32.4M in Premium Refunds, Claim Payments

Consumer protection staff for the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) were able to recover $32.4 million for Texas consumers during the past year as a result of complaint resolution, the agency announced recently. The money came from premium refunds and …

Former Deputy AG Mattax Named Texas Insurance Commissioner

A former top deputy of Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott is taking over the Texas Department of Insurance. David Mattax was named commissioner on Jan. 12. He is currently a deputy attorney general who took the lead defending Republican-drawn Texas voting …

Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses Requiring Days Off Decreased in Texas in 2013

Private industry employers in Texas reported 51,890 cases involving days away from work and an incidence rate of 66.6 injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time equivalent employees in 2013, the Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) …

Texas Workplace Injury, Illness Rate Dropped Slightly in 2013

The Texas incidence rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in private industry decreased to 2.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2013, down from 2.7 in 2012. The Texas rate is below the national rate of 3.3. The 2013 …