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CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (602) 631-2000
Address: 3030 North Third Street
Phoenix, AZ   85012
Website: www.copperpoint.com

State Compensation Insurance Fund
Phone: 888-STATEFUNDCA
Address: 333 Bush Street
Suite 800
San Francisco, CA   94104
Website: www.statefundca.com

Pinnacol Assurance
Phone: (303) 361-4000
Address: 7501 East Lowry Boulevard
Suite 800
Denver, CO   80230-7006
Website: www.pinnacol.com

Hawaii Employers' Mutual Insurance Co. Inc.
Phone: (808) 524-3642
Address: 1100 Alakea Street
Suite 1400
Honolulu, HI   96813
Website: www.hemic.com

Idaho State Insurance Fund
Phone: (208) 332-2100
Address: 1215 West State Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID   83720-0044
Website: www.idahosif.org

Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance
Phone: (859) 425-7800
Address: 250 West Main Street Suite 900
P.O. Box 83720
Lexington, KY   40507-1724
Website: www.kemi.com

Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation
Phone: (225) 924-7788
Address: 2237 South Acadian Thruway
P.O. Box 83720
Baton Rouge, LA   70808
Website: www.lwcc.com

Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC)
Phone: (207) 791-3300
Address: 261 Commercial Street
P.O. Box 11409
Portland, ME   04104
Website: www.memic.com

Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company
Phone: (410) 494-2000
Address: 8722 Loch Raven Boulevard
P.O. Box 11409
Towson, MD   21286-2235
Website: www.ceiwc.com

SFM Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (952) 838-4200
Address: 3500 American Boulevard West Suite 700
P.O. Box 11409
Bloomington, MN   55431-4434
Website: www.sfmic.com

Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance
Phone: (800) 442-0590
Address: 101 N Keene St
P.O. Box 11409
Columbia, MO   65201
Website: www.mem-ins.com

Montana State Fund
Phone: (406) 495-5015
Address: 855 Front Street
P.O. Box 4759
Helena, MT   59604-4759
Website: www.montanastatefund.com

New Mexico Mutual Group
Phone: (505) 345-7260
Address: 3900 Singer Boulevard NE
P.O. Box 4759
Albuquerque, NM   87109
Website: www.newmexicomutual.com

New York State Insurance Fund
Phone: (212) 312-7001
Address: 199 Church Street
P.O. Box 4759
New York, NY   10007
Website: www.nysif.com

Workforce Safety and Insurance
Phone: (701) 328-3800
Address: 1600 East Century Avenue Suite 1
P.O. Box 4759
Bismarck, ND   58506-5585
Website: www.WorkforceSafety.com

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation
Phone: (800) 644-6292
Address: 30 West Spring Street
P.O. Box 4759
Columbus, OH   43215-2256
Website: www.ohiobwc.com

CompSource Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (405) 232-7663
Address: 1901 North Walnut Ave.
P.O. Box 53505
Oklahoma City, OK   73152-3505
Website: www.compsourcemutual.com

State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF)
Phone: (503) 373-8000
Address: 400 High Street SE
P.O. Box 53505
Salem, OR   97312-1000
Website: www.saif.com

Pennsylvania State Workers Insurance Fund
Phone: (570) 963-4635
Address: 100 Lackawanna Avenue
P.O. Box 5100
Scranton, PA   18505-5100
Website: www.dli.state.pa.us/swif

Beacon Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (401) 825-2667
Address: One Beacon Centre
P.O. Box 5100
Warwick, RI   02886-1378
Website: www.beaconmutual.com

South Carolina State Accident Fund
Phone: (803) 896-5800
Address: P.O. Box 102100
P.O. Box 5100
Columbia, SC   29221-5000
Website: www.saf.sc.gov

Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: (800) 859-5995
Address: 6210 East Highway 290
P.O. Box 5100
Austin, TX   78723-1098
Website: www.texasmutual.com

Workers Compensation Fund
Phone: (800) 446-2667
Address: 100 West Towne Ridge Parkway
P.O. Box 2227
Sandy, UT   84070
Website: www.wcfgroup.com

Washington Department of Labor and Industries
Phone: (360) 902-5800
Address: P.O. Box 44001
P.O. Box 2227
Olympia, WA   98504-4001
Website: www.lni.wa.gov

Wyoming Division of Workers Safety & Compensation
Phone: (307) 777-7159
Address: Cheyenne Business Center
1510 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY   82002
Website: wydoe.state.wy.us

Workers Compensation Board - Alberta
Phone: (780) 498-3999
Address: 9925-107 Street
P.O. Box 2415
Edmonton, AB   T5J 2S5
Website: www.wcb.ab.ca

Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia (WORKSAFEBC)
Phone: (604) 273-2266
Address: P.O. Box 5350 Station Terminal
P.O. Box 2415
Vancouver, BC   V6B 5L5
Website: www.worksafebc.com

Manitoba Workers Compensation Board
Phone: (204) 954-4321
Address: 333 Broadway
P.O. Box 2415
Winnipeg, MB   R3C 4W3
Website: www.wcb.mb.ca

WorkSafeNB
Phone: (506) 632-2200
Address: 1 Portland Street
P.O. Box 160
Saint John, NB   E2L 3X9
Website: www.worksafenb.ca

Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 491-8999
Address: 5668 South Street
P.O. Box 1150
Halifax, NS   B3J 2Y2
Website: www.wcb.ns.ca

Prince Edward Island Workers Compensation Board
Phone: (902) 368-5680
Address: 14 Weymouth Street
P.O. Box 1150
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7L7
Website: www.wcb.pe.ca

Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board
Phone: (306) 787-4370
Address: 200 - 1881 Scarth Street
P.O. Box 1150
Regina, SK   S4P 4L1
Website: www.wcbsask.com

Puerto Rico State Insurance Fund Corporation
Phone: (787) 793-5959
Address: G.P.O. Box 365028
P.O. Box 1150
San Juan, PR   00936-5028
Website: www.cfse.gov.pr
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Around AASCIF - January 2015

CA – State Compensation Insurance Fund

State Fund Preparing for AASCIF Annual Conference 2015 in San Francisco
State Compensation Insurance Fund is gearing up for “Bridging the Future,” the AASCIF Annual Conference taking place in San Francisco from July 5-8, 2015.

State Fund is expecting a large turnout this year, not only because the event is in the picturesque City by the Bay and anchored to the Independence Day holiday, but also because it has lined up a not-to-be-missed platform of speakers covering key topics in technology, innovation and leadership for insurance industry leaders. The lineup includes such visionaries as Twitter Founder Dom Sagolla, Google X Scientist J. Greg Venter and Author Stephen Debner, who co-wrote Freakanomics, SuperFreakonomics, and Think Like a Freak.

State Fund’s AASCIF Conference 2015 website and registration will be available in mid-January at www.aascif2015.com. An interactive app with event updates, games, registrant information and more will be ready for download in March.

CO – Pinnacol Assurance

Kathy Kranz Receives Promotion
Following a national search, Pinnacol Assurance named Kathy Kranz, formerly Controller and Associate Vice President of Finance at Pinnacol, as the company’s new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Her leadership will ensure Pinnacol remains financially stable and profitable long term,” said Phil Kalin, Pinnacol’s President and CEO. Prior to joining Pinnacol, Kranz worked for MDC Holdings as a Director of Finance and was a Vice President of RiskCap (now a part of Beecher Carlson), where she oversaw the finance and accounting operations for 15 captive insurance companies. Kranz is a 2014 graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber’s Leadership Denver program and serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.

Vice President Hired
In November, Pinnacol Assurance welcomed Edie Sonn as the company’s new Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to joining Pinnacol, Sonn was the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC). In that role, she helped develop policy and cultivate the networks that were needed to help support CIVHC’s efforts to transform health care in Colorado. She serves on the boards of the Mental Health Center of Denver, Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved, Colorado Medical Society Foundation and Colorado College Public Interest Fellowship Program. 

Colorado House Bill 1383
During the 2014 Colorado legislative session, state lawmakers passed House Bill 1383, which modifies the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act. The bill requires employers to provide a list of at least four medical providers to their injured workers rather than two as currently required by Colorado law. Only one of the four medical providers must be at a distinct location without common ownership and there are some rural exemptions to the four-provider rule.

Rob Norris Selected as Finalist for Technology Award
Rob Norris, Pinnacol’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Strategic Development, was a finalist for the 2014 APEX Award in the CIO category. The award is sponsored by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA) and recognizes the individuals and organizations that have contributed to the success of Colorado’s technology sector.

Forty-three Colorado Organizations Earn 2014 Circle of Safety Award
In November, Pinnacol Assurance recognized the recipients of the company’s seventh annual Circle of Safety awards. A total of 43 policyholders from across the state were honored for their exemplary performance in safety, loss control, and financial and claims management. The award recognizes that exceptional risk management is the result of a circle of many people working together, from top management to frontline employees, Pinnacol representatives and the policyholders’ agents. Since 2008, Pinnacol has awarded 278 policyholders with the Circle of Safety Award.

MD – Chesapeake Employers Insurance

A.M. Best Rating Reaffirmed
A.M. Best Co. has reaffirmed a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of “a-” for Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company as of December 9, 2014. The outlook assigned by A.M. Best to both ratings is stable. In October 2013, Chesapeake Employers transitioned from an independent state agency to a non-stock, not-for-profit, private insurance company and received its first financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) that same year. Chesapeake Employers remains the largest writer of workers’ compensation insurance in Maryland.

Director of Internal Audit Named
Donald Crawley, CPA, recently joined Chesapeake Employers as Director of Internal Audit. In this role, Crawley helps ensure the financial security and integrity of the company by identifying and eliminating unwanted corporate risk and providing professional advice on financial, security and integrity issues to the President and CEO, senior management staff, Audit Committee and Board of Directors.

 

MT – Montana State Fund (MSF)

MSF Declares Historic Dividend
More than 23,000 qualifying Montana State Fund (MSF) policyholders will share a $20 million dividend, the largest in MSF history. This is equivalent to an average 16% premium reduction to those customers receiving the dividend. The MSF Board of Directors made the historic announcement at their Nov. 14 board meeting. “For the 16th consecutive year, MSF has returned dividends to safety-conscious employers who have invested money, time and resources in their businesses to make safety a priority,” said Laurence (Lanny) Hubbard, President and CEO of MSF. “As an organization we are proud to return a portion of our customers’ premium back to them. This dividend is possible this year due to strong financial investments and our ability to efficiently manage claim costs that result in positive performance outcomes for injured workers.” Since 1999, MSF has returned to customers more than $100 million in general dividend payments. 

Giving Back to the Community
MSF employees contributed $32,651 toward Montana’s annual State Employee Charitable Giving Campaign (SECGC). This is a $4,268 increase from last year. In addition to employee contributions, the campaign also included in-house fundraisers such as a soup feed, silent auction, dessert bar, “flamingo flocking” and a Wii bowling tournament. This year’s Wii grudge match between CEO Lanny Hubbard and his Executive Assistant, Verna Boucher, resulted in a victory for Lanny. In addition to the SECGC, staff raised more than $1,300 for the purchase of 65 turkeys through Helena Food Share’s 2014 turkey challenge. 

NY – New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF)

Improved IVR System Rollout
NYSIF rolled out an improved Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to help workers’ compensation insurance and disability benefits customers get needed information faster.

New prompts ask callers:

  • Are you a policyholder or would you like to become one?
  • Are you a claimant or injured worker?
  • Are you calling to report an injury?
  • Are you a medical provider?
  • Do you need to report fraud?
  • Do you need website assistance or pharmacy benefits management?

According to Director of Customer Service Kerry Kirwan, NYSIF analyzed script prompts and call logs to determine the most frequent customer questions. The new script is designed to help customers transact business entirely through the IVR or website, or route them to customer service based on the selected prompt. In encouraging customers to self-serve, NYSIF also created a one-page “Small Menu of Service Tips,” designed to resemble a diner menu, based on the most frequent inquiries received by NYSIF.

NYSIF releases 2013 Annual Report
NYSIF also released its 2013 Annual Report commemorating 100 years of service.

OH – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC)

BWC awards $4.7M in workplace safety grants
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) awarded $4.7 million in safety intervention grants to public and private employers in September, October and November 2014. A total of 161 grants were approved. This grant program was designed to help employers reduce illnesses and injuries, and to partner with them to establish best practices for accident and injury prevention.

Here are a few of BWC’s latest grant recipients:

  • The Polk-Jackson-Perry Fire District (Ashland County) received $29,969 to purchase one power cot and one power load system, which will improve the process of patient handling and lifting.
  • G2 Revolution LLC (Hancock County) received $30,308 to purchase two vacuum lifts, two pallet leveling lift tables and a drum dumper. This intervention will improve the company’s sorting, pallet transfer and material-handling processes.
  • Northwest Schools (Stark County) received $40,000 to purchase a boom lift. This intervention will improve the schools’ repair and routine maintenance process.
  • Swihart Industries Inc. (Montgomery County) received $40,000 to purchase 10 air chain hoists, one free-standing bridge crane, and one ceiling-mounted bridge crane. This intervention will reduce the manual handling and maneuvering of parts during production.

A full listing of safety interventions and grant amounts are available by clicking here. BWC offers Ohio employers a 3-to-1 match of up to $40,000 for safety interventions. Learn more about the Safety Intervention Grant Program at bwc.ohio.gov.

Safety Innovations Semifinalists Named
Semifinalists have been chosen for BWC’s fourth annual Safety Innovations Competition, which encourages and recognizes development of innovative solutions that help to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. Representatives from BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene reviewed and selected the semifinalists from more than 50 entries. Applications were received from both private and public entities. Finalists will display their innovations and winners will be announced at the 2015 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.

What Workers’ Comp Fraud Looks Like
Click here to check out BWC’s new fraud awareness video, which features some of the agency’s most popular recent cases of claimant, employer and medical provider workers’ compensation fraud. The agency posts videos on YouTube to encourage the public to report fraud.

 

OR – State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF)

Three new members added to Board of Directors
In September, the Oregon Senate unanimously approved Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s three nominees for the SAIF Board of Directors. The new board members are Maurice Rahming, President of O’Neill Electric in Portland; Jeff Stone, Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries in Wilsonville; and Jennifer Ulum, Director of Public Affairs and Advocacy for PeaceHealth System in Eugene. They joined the board on September 19. Krisha Balasubramani and Kevin Jensen will continue to serve. Cathy Travis and Robb Van Cleave retired from the board after serving more than eight years each.

$165 million dividend is SAIF’s largest ever
Last fall, SAIF’s board declared a $165 million dividend for more than 44,000 Oregon employers, the company’s largest dividend ever. Checks were mailed to qualifying policyholders in October. Since 2010, SAIF dividends have totaled nearly $800 million.

“Healthiest Employer in Oregon”
For the second time in four years, SAIF has been named Oregon’s Healthiest Employer in a survey sponsored by the Portland Business Journal. SAIF finished first among businesses with 500 to 1,499 employees. It took the top spot in 2012, and placed third in 2011 and 2013. “SAIF’s promotion of preventative health care isn’t just seen in its clients’ workplaces. The company’s statewide offices truly walk the walk when it comes to avoiding health woes,” the Journal wrote. Integrating employee safety and health is “part of our vision to make Oregon the safest state,” said Interim CEO John Gilkey.

Interim President and CEO John Gilkey to retire
Fresh from college, John Gilkey started at SAIF in 1980 as an Underwriting Trainee. Now Interim President and CEO, he recently announced that he will retire this year -- after an impressive 35 years of dedication to the policyholders and injured workers SAIF serves. The search for the next president/CEO is under way, and the SAIF Board of Directors hopes to have it completed in early 2015.

SK – Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)

Saskatchewan WCB lowers rates
The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) announced the 2015 average employer premium rate will be the lowest in 29 years. In 2015, the average employer premium will decrease from the 2014 level of $1.51 to $1.46, a 3.3% decrease. The Saskatchewan WCB has 47,069 registered employers and covers over 400,000 workers. In October, the WCB gathered feedback through public rate-setting consultation and information meetings. The meetings were also broadcast live and a video of the presentation is posted online.

WCB CEO Peter Federko explained that while several factors have contributed to the continued trend in lower premium rates, none is more important than the decreasing injury rate in Saskatchewan workplaces: “We are forecasting a slight increase in our time loss injury rate for 2014, but our 10-year trend has stayed positive. Saskatchewan is becoming safer. In 2013, 86% of employers in the province achieved Mission: Zero (zero workplace injuries).”

TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Curtis Johnson joins Texas Mutual
Texas Mutual Insurance Company welcomed Curtis Johnson as Vice President of Claim Operations in September. In this role, Johnson oversees all claim operations, including special claim services, employers’ liability, subrogation, regional claim operations, medical bill audit, claim adjustment and specialized catastrophic claim handling.
Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and most recently held the position of Regional Claims Manager at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Irving, Texas. In addition to obtaining his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, Johnson holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Texas Mutual distributes $200 million in dividends in 2014
Texas mutual distributed a company-record $200 million in dividends to its policyholder owners in 2014. Dividends reward loyal policyholders who share the company’s commitment to preventing workplace accidents and helping injured workers get well and back on the job. Dividends are based on each company’s premium size, loss ratio and history with Texas Mutual.

As part of that $200 million distribution, Texas Mutual also awarded early-qualifier dividends, which reward newer policyholders for safe habits sooner, and safety group dividends, which recognize industry-specific groups with qualifying loss ratios. This is the 16th consecutive year Texas Mutual has paid dividends, bringing the total to almost $1.6 billion. The company has paid the majority of that total – $1 billion – since 2008.

Dallas employer sentenced for premium fraud charges
Lone Star Construction owners Anthony Stokes and Mario Williams were sentenced for workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. Lone Star Construction, located in Dallas, obtained workers’ compensation coverage through Texas Mutual between January 2011 and October 2012. Texas Mutual alleged that, during this time, owners Stokes and Williams intentionally misrepresented the number of employees and amount of payroll associated with the company by reporting contract laborers as subcontractors. Stokes and Williams were sentenced to one year deferred adjudication and ordered to pay $41,844 in restitution to Texas Mutual.

Texas Mutual educates more than 1,800 policyholders and agents in 2014
More than 1,800 policyholders and agents across Texas received formal training on workers’ compensation issues in 2014. Texas Mutual held 10 workshops in cities across the state and welcomed 1,100 attendees to hear from Texas Mutual team members about the workers’ compensation industry, safety, fraud, defensive driving and more. Texas Mutual also launched training webinars for policyholders and agents in 2014, with approximately 500 employers and more than 200 agents participating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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