NU Online News Service, Aug. 13, 3:41 p.m. EDT

California’s top insurance regulator said he will “closely scrutinize” an anticipated request by insurers for a 22.8 percent hike in the benchmark rate for workers’ compensation coverage.

Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, noted he had already rejected the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) Workers’ Compensation Cost Claims Benchmark rates request last month for a 23.7 percent increase for the July period.

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