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Will COVID-19 claims be included for experience rating?

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Will COVID-19 claims be included for experience rating?

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Will COVID-19 claims be included for experience rating?
Answer: 

The California Insurance Commissioner has approved rule changes for claims directly arising from a diagnosis of COVID-19 with an accident date on or after December 1, 2019 to be excluded from the experience rating calculations of individual employers. Since the occurrence or non-occurrence of COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims incurred by an employer are unlikely to be a strong predictor of that employer’s future workers’ compensation claim costs, the inclusion of such claims in an experience modification calculation would not meet the intended goal of experience rating. Please see the Special Regulatory Filing Decision.