California Expands Order for Medical Malpractice Insurance Companies to Partially Refund Premiums Amid ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

May 18, 2020 by matray

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a Bulletin last week that extends his previous order requiring insurance companies to return partial insurance premiums to consumers and businesses and provide financial relief amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Insurance reports that it intends to review all premium adjustments to ensure they are fair and… Continue reading...

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California Orders Medical Malpractice Insurance Companies to Refund Premiums Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency Where Appropriate

April 13, 2020 by matray

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara ordered insurance companies to return insurance premiums to consumers and businesses and provide much-needed financial relief during the COVID-19 emergency. The Commissioner's Bulletin covers premiums paid for at least the months of March and April — including the month of May if “shelter in place” restrictions continue… Continue reading...

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California asks dentists, dental assistants to volunteer for COVID-19 response

April 6, 2020 by matray

Under an executive order, dentists are considered essential healthcare providers and are encouraged to sign up to join the California Health Corps, a newly launched statewide effort to prepare the healthcare delivery system to respond to a potential surge in COVID-19 patients by opening additional healthcare sites. Registered dental hygienists… Continue reading...

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Gov. Newsom announces CA Health Corps to expand healthcare workforce, provide malpractice insurance to fight COVID-19

April 6, 2020 by matray

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced the creation of a new volunteer corps for California healthcare workers who want to help during the COVID-19 outbreak. The new program —California Health Corps — is open to physicians (both active and retired), medical students and a wide range of healthcare professionals and… Continue reading...

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National Conference of State Legislators Sends Letter to Congress in opposition of proposed ‘HEALTH Act of 2011’ Tort reforms

May 9, 2011 by matray

Last month, the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) wrote a letter to both the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Health expressing “strong, bipartisan opposition to the passage of the latest federal medical malpractice legislation, HR 5, the ‘Help Efficient Accessible, Low-Cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act… Continue reading...

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California Insurance Commissioner Jones Calls on Medical Malpractice Insurers to Reduce Rates

February 22, 2011 by matray

side note: Uh-oh! Is the Commissioner cracking the whip on out-of-control medical professional liability insurance rates? Or is he off-base, and rates are where they should be in California? Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today contacted several medical malpractice insurers raising concerns about excessive rates and asking that they make a… Continue reading...

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The Doctors Company Completes Acquisition of American Physicians Capital, Inc.

October 26, 2010 by matray

side note: The acquisition of Michigan-headquartered AP Capital positions California-based The Doctors Company to better compete in the Midwest. Consolidation and growth. The Doctors Company, the largest national insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of American Physicians Capital, Inc. (AP Capital),… Continue reading...

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