March 19, 2018

Nevada Insurance Commissioner Approves Filing, Announces Lower WC Costs for Employers

CARSON CITY – Insurance Commissioner Brett Barratt has approved a filing for an average decrease of 3.9 percent for Nevada workers’ compensation voluntary insurance loss costs and an average decrease of 2.2 percent for workers’ compensation insurance assigned risk rates.

Loss costs are the expected costs of medical and wage loss benefits including the costs to administer the benefits by employment classification. Insurers convert the loss costs to full rates by factoring in the insurer-specific loss cost multiplier which contemplates the insurers’ administrative expenses and profit.

The proposed loss cost changes are expected help Nevada employers save money on workers’ compensation insurance, which will be a welcome relief to businesses during these economically challenging times and will help to make Nevada an even more attractive place to do business.

Workers’ comp claims costs have been decreasing over the past decade, which is largely the reason for the proposed decreases. Fewer claims offset generally increasing average indemnity and medical costs per claim and cost-of-living adjustments. Both medical costs and indemnity costs per claim appear to be leveling off and are projected with this filing to increase more slowly than wage growth.

Source: Nevada Division of Insurance

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