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December 16, 2020
Watch out for COVID-19 vaccination scams
COVID-19 vaccinations are slowly becoming available, but the scams are already here. Here’s what to watch out for to avoid becoming a victim.

December 16, 2020
Tenga cuidado con las estafas relacionadas con la vacuna contra el COVID-19
Con las inscripciones abiertas de CuidadoDeSalud.gov y de Medicare en marcha, muchas personas en Texas están en estos momentos buscando un plan de salud. El Departamento de Seguros de Texas ofrece estos consejos para evitar estafas y para ayudarlo a protegerse contra la publicidad engañosa.

November 25, 2020
Insurance tips following North Texas storms
If your home was damaged by the severe weather, contact your insurance company or agent to file a claim as soon as possible. These tips will help make the process go smoother.

November 17, 2020
Remote proctoring expands online options for adjuster exams
The Texas Department of Insurance has approved proposals to offer remote proctoring for end-of-course adjuster exams. Previously, a third-party had to be present to monitor someone taking an exam online.

November 9, 2020
El Paso man arrested for selling ‘health plan’ without a license
Daniel Steadley was arrested by the FBI in El Paso last week after years of allegedly selling health plans with no insurance license. A multi-agency investigation that included TDI led to the arrest.

November 9, 2020
Shopping for a health plan? How to spot potential problems
With Healthcare.gov and Medicare open enrollments in swing, many Texans are shopping for health plans. The Texas Department of Insurance offers these tips to avoid scams and guard against deceptive marketing.

November 9, 2020
¿Está en busca de un plan de salud? Cómo detectar problemas potenciales
Con las inscripciones abiertas de CuidadoDeSalud.gov y de Medicare en marcha, muchas personas en Texas están en estos momentos buscando un plan de salud. El Departamento de Seguros de Texas ofrece estos consejos para evitar estafas y para ayudarlo a protegerse contra la publicidad engañosa.

November 6, 2020
Seven Lauren Concrete Plants Receive Safety Awards
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently recognized seven Lauren Concrete plants for their exemplary workplace safety programs by renewing their Lone Star Safety Awards.

September 28, 2020
Houston trainer accused of scheme to defraud NFL fund
Eight former players indicted for fake medical claims.

September 28, 2020
Entrenador de Houston acusado por estafa al fondo de la NFL
Ocho exjugadores acusados por reclamaciones médicas falsas

September 10, 2020
Despite hurricanes, Corpus Christi region sees decline in flood insurance policies
After Hurricane Harvey inundated Southeast Texas, the number of flood insurance policies in the Corpus Christi area increased. But new federal data shows those gains are eroding.

September 10, 2020
Bexar County sees 13% decline in flood insurance policies
The number of federal flood insurance policies has decreased 13% in Bexar County over the last two-plus years. Federal data also shows declines in nine nearby counties.

August 27, 2020
Insurance Help Line open over weekend for storm victims
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Help Line is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including this weekend, to help those with damage from Hurricane Laura. The number is 800-252-3439.

August 25, 2020
Former insurance agent sentenced to 14 years
Lynn “Skipper” Strickland of Parker County, who pretended to be an insurance agent, was sentenced today to 14 years in state prison for fraud.

August 18, 2020
Sullivan to step down as Insurance Commissioner
His TDI modernization effort led to faster, better customer service.

August 3, 2020
TDI applies advanced technology to policy reviews
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has begun an innovative technology project to speed and improve its review of insurance policy forms.

July 25, 2020
Insurance Help Line open Sunday to help storm victims
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Help Line will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to help those with damage from Hurricane Hanna. The number is 800-252-3439.

July 24, 2020
East Texas Companies Earn Safety Awards
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognized East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind and Tatum Excavating Company for their exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses by renewing their Lone Star Safety Awards.

July 24, 2020
Houston Company Earns Safety Award
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognized Universal Pegasus International with a Lone Star Safety Award for their exemplary workplace safety program and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses.

July 24, 2020
San Antonio Company Earns Safety Award
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognized Nissei Plastic Machinery America Inc. with a Lone Star Safety Award for their exemplary workplace safety program and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses.

July 16, 2020
TDI extends emergency rule on medication refills
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has extended an emergency rule to make it easier for Texans with TDI-regulated health insurance to get refills and to get prescriptions at more locations, including by home delivery.

July 14, 2020
Veterans can now be reimbursed for insurance exam fees
Veterans who passed TDI exams going back to February 2019 qualify for refund.

July 7, 2020
How to avoid extra COVID-19 testing charges
Texans who want a test for COVID-19 can likely avoid unnecessary charges by taking a few steps first.

July 2, 2020
New team steps up TDI focus on health insurance issues
A new Texas Department of Insurance team will identify and quickly resolve issues involving health insurers.

June 29, 2020
Texas Health Care Providers Indicted for Drug Distribution, Conspiracy, and Fraud
Three Arlington, Texas health care providers will face trial for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and mail fraud. On June 17, 2020, a federal grand jury returned indictments against Dr. Clinton Battle, his nurse practitioner Donna Green, and his medical assistant Yajaira Lopez.

June 24, 2020
TDI extends telemedicine emergency rule into September
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is extending a requirement that insurers cover telemedicine services, including mental health visits, at the same rate as in-person visits. An emergency rule in place since March helps doctors across Texas treat their patients and limit the spread of COVID-19.

May 26, 2020
Insurance tips following South Texas storms
If your home was damaged by the severe weather, contact your insurance company or agent to file a claim as soon as possible. These tips will help make the process go smoother.

May 21, 2020
¿Por qué debe de hablar con su médico antes de hacerse una prueba de anticuerpos para el COVID?
El Departamento de Seguros de Texas (Texas Department of Insurance -TDI, por su nombre y siglas en inglés) pide a las personas en Texas que estén considerando obtener una prueba de anticuerpos para el COVID-19 a consultar primero con su médico y compañía de seguros para evitar facturas sorpresa.

May 21, 2020
Why you should talk to your doctor before taking a COVID antibody test
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) urges Texans considering a COVID-19 antibody test to first check with their doctor and insurance company to avoid surprise bills.

May 13, 2020
How our IT team pulled off the work-from-home transition
At TDI, the switch to telework was smooth and speedy for most employees, thanks to an immense effort by ITS to get hundreds of new remote employees up and running in record time.

May 1, 2020
DWC Offers Texas Employers Online Safety Consultations
The way we work has changed, but our mission is still the same. Because of changes brought on by COVID-19, the Texas OSHA Consultation Program is now providing online consultations.

April 23, 2020
Insurance tips following East Texas storms
If your home was damaged by the tornado and severe weather, contact your insurance company or agent to file a claim as soon as possible. These tips will help make the process go smoother.

April 3, 2020
TDI extends start of updated coastal building code
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) issued an emergency rule, effective immediately, to move the start date of the new coastal building code from April 1 to September 1, 2020. The change was made in response to business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 2, 2020
Watch out for coronavirus scams!
Even in a global pandemic, there are always people trying to steal a buck. Scams related to COVID-19 are the latest threat.

April 1, 2020
TDI emergency rule makes it easier to get refills, medications by home delivery
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) today announced an emergency rule to make it easier for Texans with TDI-regulated health insurance to get early refills and to get prescriptions at more locations, including by home delivery.

March 30, 2020
Guidance on COVID-19 and the Workplace
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working to provide information to employers about worker safety and exposure to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

March 26, 2020
DWC Updates Meeting and Event Plans
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is postponing or creating online options for several upcoming meetings and events to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

March 24, 2020
TDI adjusts licensing, continuing education requirements
Governor Greg Abbott has approved waiving certain licensing requirements for insurance agents and adjusters at the request of the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). These measures will ensure services remain available during the state’s response to coronavirus COVID-19.

March 18, 2020
State takes actions to expand use of telemedicine services
The state is taking steps to expand the use of telemedicine to help doctors across Texas treat their patients and limit the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

March 10, 2020
Three Companies Earn Safety Awards
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognized three Texas companies for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses by renewing their Lone Star Safety Awards.

March 6, 2020
BCBSTX to repay consumers for emergency claims, marketing errors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) has agreed to repay consumers after a Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) review found delays in handling out-of-network emergency claims and incorrect information in consumer notices and marketing materials.

March 3, 2020
In a Trade Dominated by Men, Tambré Martinez is Paving New Roads in Construction
Martinez’s skills, along with her partners’ background in construction and maintenance, combined to create a good foundation for the contracting business. Seven years ago, the partners launched Building EdLacer, a San Antonio-based contracting firm named in memory of a partner’s father.

February 27, 2020
Body shop owner busted
San Antonio body shop owner Arturo Martinez was sentenced to two years in state jail today after an investigation by the Texas Department of Insurance found he had cashed insurance claim checks without repairing his client’s car.

February 10, 2020
DWC Announces 2020 Regional Safety Seminars
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announces the dates and locations for this year’s Regional Safety Seminars.

January 30, 2020
Former NFL player indicted for bogus medical claims
Former NFL player Willie Montae Reagor was arrested January 30 for submitting fraudulent health reimbursement claims after an investigation by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Unit.

January 30, 2020
Exjugador de la NFL acusado por reclamaciones médicas fraudulentas.
El exjugador de la NFL Willie Montae Reagor fue arrestado el 30 de enero por presentar reclamaciones fraudulentas para reembolso de salud luego de una investigación por la Unidad de Fraude del Departamento de Seguros de Texas (TDI por su nombre y siglas en ingles).

January 28, 2020
Texas Business Convicted of Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Today, HHDP Security, a Houston security company was convicted of premium fraud and ordered by a Travis County District Court judge to pay $51,131 in restitution.

January 22, 2020
TDI relies on best practices approach to develop arbitration program
To get ready for the state’s new dispute resolution process for out-of-network health insurance claims, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) studied other states, engaged an arbitration expert, launched an online portal, and scheduled stakeholder meetings and updates.

January 21, 2020
DWC Announces Staffing Changes
DWC announces key staff changes for Legal Services, the Fraud and Prosecution Unit, and DWC Special Counsel.

January 15, 2020
Three Lauren Concrete Plants Receive Safety Awards
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently recognized three Lauren Concrete plants for their exemplary workplace safety programs by renewing their Lone Star Safety Awards.

January 9, 2020
OSHA 10-Hour Construction Classes Offered in Lubbock
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will begin offering Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Construction Courses in Lubbock starting February 2020.

January 3, 2020
Texas Retail Worker Injuries Now Higher Than on Factory Floors
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are more workers in shopping malls and retail outlets that get sick and injured than in any other private industry sector in Texas.



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