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Assigned Risk Plan Definition – Also Called The Risk Pool


Assigned Risk Plan Explanation – Necessary And Expensive

An Assigned Risk Plan is frequently called the Pool.

The Assigned Risk Plan is a mechanism established by individual states to make sure that employers can obtain WC insurance even if insurance companies are not willing to write such insurance voluntarily. Assigned Risk plans in many states carry higher rates than the voluntary market.

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One caveat – The State Fund of California, often referred to as SCIF does not function as this type of insurer.  SCIF does not necessarily have to accept your company.   SCIF does provide a procedure by going through an intermediary to apply for coverage.

If your company is in the Pool,  your company must do everything possible to get out of it ASAP. Why?

For instance. in a certain state, the Advisory Loss Cost for an Administrative Assistant Classification Code (8810) was 41 cents per $100. The same 8810 Classification Code in the Risk Pool was $1.41 per 100.

That is almost a 400% increase. How does a company remove themselves from the Risk Pool?  The main method requires a large amount of patience from a company’s senior management or the owner of a small company.

Removing a company from the Assigned Risk Pool is not that easy.   Other than a market with no carriers, something occurred over the last 5 years that increased your Experience Mod to a high-risk level.

We will talk about that next time.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications


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