Last Month opponents of the new Workers Comp Law in Oklahoma filed suit to have the law overturned. Rep Emily Virgin (D) Norman, was quoted as saying, she wanted a system more like Missouri. About a week ago, NCCI released Missouri results and increased rates in Missouri's loss cost (base rates) by 11.6 percent. Once the Insurance Carriers apply their multiplier the increases would be more around 15%.
Our Oklahoma Law (Senate Bill 1062), along with other trends in Oklahoma has reduced our rates by 14.6 percent. The total swing if you compare the two states is around 40% by the time carriers apply their loss costs multipliers. Based on this knowledge, I think Rep. Virgin should reconsider her challenge. We can't afford more rate hikes in Oklahoma. We are running business out of our state and preventing new business from entering our state when we make our workers compensation system expensive compared to other states.