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Is it time to Take a Closer Look at Workers’ Compensation?
Most business owners are aware of the changing landscape on the group health insurance side but many are not aware of the 8.9% increase in FL workers’ compensation rates effective January 1st 2012. While a lot of publicity and attention has justifiably been directed towards increasing health insurance rates, Florida’s increasing in workers’ compensation rates have gone largely unnoticed.
In 2003, Florida had some of the highest workers’ compensation rates in the country which negatively impacted businesses. Florida implemented major changes to the workers’ compensation system to provide relief to business owners. Major changes included; revising eligibility standards for disability benefits, setting limits on attorney fees, and revising medical fee schedules. The impact of these changes was a dramatic success with a 63.2% decrease in average rates through January of 2011.
The 8.9% increase in workers’ compensation rates effective January 1st 2012 on top of the 7.8% increase in 2011, is significant from the standpoint that the pendulum now appears poised to swing in the same direction as health insurance rates. Similar to health insurance, medical costs continue to escalate, pressuring loss costs which are measured by NCCI(National Council on Compensation Insurance), the largest provider of workers’ compensation and employee injury data in the nation.
Commercial Insurance Specialists provide a wide variety of coverage options throughout Tampa Bay designed to protect your automobile, home, and valuable possessions. A partial list of our coverage lines includes: