Farmers Expands RealTime Billing for Workers’ Comp to 6 States

Rolled out to 25 states in Oct. 2016, the option aims to maximize and stabilize cash flow, minimize final premium audit adjustments, and remove installment fees and monthly checks.

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Farmers Insurance (Los Angeles) is expanding availability of its Farmers RealTime Billing option for small business owners in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. The capability, launched in Oct. 2016 for 25 states eases validation of payroll information for workers’ compensation coverage. The insurer says the service gives small business owners the opportunity to help better manage their cash flow, while also helping reduce the difficulties often associated with the annual premium audits that may be required.

Svetlana Bronshteyn, Director, Commercial Product Development,  Farmers Business Insurance.

Svetlana Bronshteyn, Director, Commercial Product Development, Farmers Business Insurance.

“Farmers RealTime Billing is already helping many of our small business customers become smarter in the way they approach workers’ compensation coverage, and I am pleased to extend the convenience and efficiency of this product to even more business owners,” comments Svetlana Bronshteyn, Svetlana Bronshteyn, Director, Commercial Product Development,  Farmers Business Insurance. “We’re constantly seeking new and innovative ways to enhance our services, and Farmers RealTime Billing is the latest in a series of continual improvements we’re making to help meet the changing needs and preferences of our customers.”

Making Coverage Simpler and More Cost-Effective

Farmers says the RealTime Billing option makes workers’ compensation coverage simpler and more cost-effective for businesses by linking payrolls directly to workers’ compensation policy premiums, taking the guesswork out of estimating annual payrolls. Premiums are billed based on actual payroll, which may help improve business cash flow and reduce exposure to large audit balances due at the end of the policy term, a Farmers statement says.

“In addition to preventing financial surprises, Farmers RealTime Billing helps customers plan and manage cash flow, avoid large annual lump sum premium payments, and breeze through workers’ compensation audits because premium is based on actual data versus an estimate,” Bronshteyn adds.

The initial rollout of Farmers RealTime Billing in 2016 was for policyholders in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For over a decade he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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