Update on Pennsylvania Compensation Increase

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has not made a decision on a mid-year increase in workers’ compensation costs despite the November 1 effective date, and as reported in this blog last week. 

The Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau asked for a 6.06 percent increase in loss costs as a direct result of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Protz v. WCAB (Derry Area School District). A recent objection and request for a hearing filed by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (trial bar) challenged the calculations used by the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau for the proposed rate increase.

By law, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department has 180 days (until February 2018) to consider the rating bureau’s request for an increase.