Fewer workers are filing workers' compensation claims, helpinglower the costs Florida employers will pay for insurance nextyear.

How big of a reduction in rates will be decided by Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, whoheld a rate hearing Wednesday in Tallahassee.

9.6% reduction proposed

The National Council on Compensation Insurance, whichproposes rates on behalf of all workers' compensation carriers, hasproposed an overall average 9.6% reduction in premiums for2018.

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