The National Council on Compensation Insurance proposed the lower rates, citing an improvement in indemnity costs as part of the reason. However, there is also evidence of frequency stabilization after years of declining claims.
Insurance regulators recommended the loss cost rate decreases for all employer groups except two coal classifications. Underground mining costs increased by 1.8 percent while surface mining rose by 1.1 percent.
Officials said the information is voluntary, "but most workers' comp carriers use the NCCI loss cost values as a base to which the insurer's own loss adjustment and overhead expenses are added to arrive at the rates charged to Kentucky employers."
The decrease brings the amount Kentucky's loss cost rates have dropped in the last six years to 40 percent.
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September 27, 2011
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