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In this section, you will find current news, stories, and announcements from the WCIRB. You may also view the WCIRB Wire archive for stories from the past year.

The WCIRB is excited to announce the newest WCIRB CompEssentials® course, Experience Rating Fundamentals. This new online course is essential for California insurance professionals who want to better understand the basic components of experience rating. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: Read More >
Today, the WCIRB testified at a California Department of Insurance (CDI) public hearing regarding the WCIRB’s January 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing. Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet on October 17, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
The WCIRB is excited to announce the launch of X-Mods and More™ — a web service that provides insurer members machine-to-machine real-time access to risk-level data. Read More >
The 2018 versions of the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP), California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan—1995 (ERP) and Miscellaneous Regulations for the Recording and Reporting of Data—1995 (Miscellaneous Regs) are now available in the Filing and Plans section of WCIRB.com. Read More >
The WCIRB has completed its report on statewide workers’ compensation insurer loss and premium experience through June 30, 2017. The major findings of the report include: Read More >
Today, the California Insurance Commissioner issued a decision regarding the WCIRB’s January 1, 2018 Regulatory Filing, which was submitted to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) on June 27, 2017. Read More >
Today, the WCIRB submitted an amended January 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Department of Insurance (CDI). The amended filing was based on the WCIRB’s recent review of June 30, 2017 loss experience, which indicated lower than projected indemnity and medical loss development in the second quarter. As a result, on September 6, 2017, the WCIRB Governing Committee authorized the submission of an amended filing to the CDI. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee voted to amend the WCIRB’s January 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing that was submitted to the Insurance Commissioner on August 18, 2017. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet on September 6, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review a status report on the WCIRB’s January 1, 2018 Regulatory Filing and review the Actuarial Committee’s analysis of June 30, 2017 loss experience and its impact on the January 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet on September 5, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review insurer experience as of June 30, 2017 and the reporting of unallocated loss adjustment expense data. The full agenda, including the location and time of the meeting, is available on the Committee Meeting Documents page in the Filings and Plans section of the WCIRB’s website (wcirb.com). Read More >
The WCIRB has released its quarterly update on California statewide insurer experience valued as of March 31, 2017. Read More >
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) announced that it will hold a public hearing on October 5, 2017 to consider the WCIRB’s January 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing which was submitted to the CDI on August 18, 2017.  Read More >
The WCIRB has released the California Workers’ Compensation Aggregate Medical Payment Trends report, comparing medical payment transaction data from calendar year 2014 to calendar year 2016. WCIRB researchers used reported medical payment data representing more than 90% of the California workers’ compensation insurance market. Among the key findings of the report are: Read More >
Today, the WCIRB submitted its January 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing (Filing) to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $2.01 per $100 of payroll, which is 14.3% less than the corresponding industry average filed pure premium rate of $2.34 as of July 1, 2017, and 0.5% more than the average approved July 1, 2017 advisory pure premium rate of $2.00. This proposed small increase follows five consecutive advisory pure premium rate decreases since early 2015 that have totaled more than 27%. Read More >
Today, the WCIRB released its 2017 State of the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance System (Report). Read More >
The WCIRB will conduct a live webinar on Thursday, August 17, 2017 to discuss its 2017 State of the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance System (Report) which will be released this week. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee voted to authorize the WCIRB to submit a January 1, 2018 Advisory Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Insurance Commissioner. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet on August 9, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
Today, we are excited to reveal our refreshed public website, WCIRB.com. Having listened to the needs and recommendations of our customers, the changes to WCIRB.com include a vibrant and modern new look with improved navigation making it easier for you to find the information you need. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet on August 2, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review third quarter 2017 diagnostics, updated March 31, 2017 loss experience, loss adjustment expense data and loss projection methodologies to be included in the January 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing, and analyses of the WCIRB’s  trending methodology and longer-term loss development. Read More >
WCIRB.com will soon have a vibrant new look and feel along with streamlined navigation making it easier for customers to access important publications, reports, educational content and the most popular online tools such as the Classification Search and Experience Modification Estimator. Read More >
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) announced that it will hold a public hearing on August 15, 2017 to consider the WCIRB’s January 1, 2018 Regulatory Filing which was submitted to the CDI on June 27, 2017. The hearing will be held: August 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM California Department of Insurance 45 Fremont Street 22nd Floor Hearing Room San Francisco, CA 94105 Read More >
The WCIRB has launched the 2018 Experience Modification Estimator (Estimator) for insurers, agents and brokers to help policyholders understand how their payroll and claim experience will be used in the computation of their 2018 experience modification. By entering payroll, classification and claims information into the Estimator, users can obtain an estimated experience modification using proposed 2018 Experience Rating Plan values including expected loss rates, D-ratios and primary thresholds that vary by employer size. Read More >
The WCIRB has released its report on workers' compensation losses and expenses for 2016. The report is prepared annually pursuant to Section 11759.1 of the California Insurance Code. Among the findings included in the report: Read More >
The WCIRB is excited to announce the next generation of customer enabling solutions — a web service that provides insurers with 24/7 real-time access to key risk level data including: Experience Modifications, named insureds, policy addresses and assigned classifications. This is a significant step forward in our efforts to modernize how information is exchanged.  This service is set to go live in August 2017 — in time to provide insurers instant access to complete and accurate information as they prepare their 2018 policies.  Read More >
Today, the WCIRB submitted to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) a January 1, 2018 Regulatory Filing that proposes changes to the Insurance Commissioner’s regulations contained in the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan–1995 (Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan), the California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan–1995 (Experience Rating Plan), and the Miscellaneous Regulations for the Recording and Reporting of Data–1995 (Miscellaneous Regulations). The Filing contains the following proposals: Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet on June 16, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review insurer experience valued as of March 31, 2017, the most current information on medical severities by component, the WCIRB’s adjustments for differences in wage growth by classification and proposed Experience Rating Plan values for the January 1, 2018 Regulatory Filing. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet on June 14, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will consider proposed changes  to the Standard Classification System and  the Experience Rating Plan which, if approved, will be included in the WCIRB’s January 1, 2018 Regulatory Filing to the California Department of Insurance. The Committee will also review potential classification research studies to be undertaken in preparation for the January 1, 2019 Regulatory Filing to be submitted in June 2018. Read More >
Today, the California Insurance Commissioner issued a decision regarding the WCIRB’s July 1, 2017 Pure Premium Rate Filing (Filing) which was submitted to the California Department of Insurance on April 11, 2017. A public hearing regarding the Filing was held on May 3, 2017. Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet on June 1, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review the proposed dual wage thresholds for carpentry and steel framing, amendments to Appendix I, Construction and Erection Classifications of the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP), a draft classification study for unmanned aircraft systems or drones and classification relativities. Read More >
Earlier today, the WCIRB testified at a California Department of Insurance (CDI) public hearing regarding the WCIRB’s July 1, 2017 Pure Premium Rate Filing which was submitted to the CDI on April 11, 2017. Read More >
The WCIRB has completed its report on statewide workers’ compensation insurer loss and premium experience through December 31, 2016. The major findings of the report include: Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet on April 25, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) announced that it will hold a public hearing on May 3, 2017 to consider the WCIRB’s July 1, 2017 Pure Premium Rate Filing which was submitted to the CDI on April 11, 2017. The hearing will be held: May 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM PT California Department of Insurance 45 Fremont Street 22nd Floor Hearing Room San Francisco, CA 94105 Read More >
Today, the WCIRB submitted a July 1, 2017 Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $2.02 per $100 of payroll effective July 1, 2017. The average proposed advisory pure premium rate is 16.5% lower than the corresponding industry average filed pure premium rate of $2.42 as of January 1, 2017 and 7.8% less than the Insurance Commissioner's approved average January 1, 2017 advisory pure premium rate of $2.19.  Read More >
Citing lower medical loss and allocated loss adjustment expense development, continued acceleration in claim settlement, and recent indemnity claim frequency decreases, the insurer and public members of the WCIRB Governing Committee who were in attendance voted unanimously today to authorize the WCIRB to submit a mid-year pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance (CDI). Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. The Governing Committee will review the Actuarial Committee’s analysis of insurer experience as of December 31, 2016 and consider whether a mid-year pure premium rate filing is warranted. The full agenda, including the location and time of the meeting, is available in the Committee Meeting Documents page of the WCIRB’s website (www.wcirb.com). Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review loss adjustment expense experience and insurer experience valued as of December 31, 2016, alternative loss development and trending methodology projections in the summary analysis for December 31, 2016 experience, computation of industry average filed rates as of January 1, 2017, and a new drug formulary proposed by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).   Read More >
Executives representing more than 75% of the WCIRB's regular membership met today in Oakland for the 101st Annual Meeting of the WCIRB. At the meeting, the WCIRB membership elected new insurer members to the Governing Committee and Classification and Rating Committee to fill vacancies created by expiring terms. Members voted on the nominees to fill vacancies on the Governing Committee and Classification and Rating Committee. Committee members elected at today’s meeting will serve three-year terms expiring at the Annual Meeting in 2020. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review the First Quarter 2017 summary of system diagnostics,  insurer experience valued as of December 31, 2016, study of claim settlement rate adjustments to loss development and potential experience rating changes related to the treatment of small medical claims. Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet on March 14, 2017 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review the following items: Read More >
The WCIRB has completed an analysis of allocated loss adjustment expense (ALAE) cost trends in California workers’ compensation.  Read More >