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Calif. comp bureau votes to submit lower midyear premium rate filing

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The California Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau said Thursday its governing committee has voted to authorize to submit a lower midyear pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance.

The midyear filing will propose July 1, 2018, advisory pure premium rates that average $1.80 per $100 of payroll. This is 7.2% lower than the insurance commissioner’s approved average Jan. 1, 2018, advisory pure premium rate of $1.94 and 19.0% less than the industry average filed pure premium rate as of Jan. 1, 2018, of $2.22, the WCIRB said in a statement.

The lower midyear pure premium rate filing is based on increases in claim settlement rates, a decline in lien filings and anticipated savings resulting from the new drug formulary, according to the statement.