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Steven Bennett
Associate General Counsel

Steve Bennett serves as associate general counsel for the American Insurance Association. He handles reinsurance, insolvency, guaranty fund, and workers’ compensation issues. Mr. Bennett was the leading point person for the U.S. insurance industry in crafting a new credit for reinsurance model law that, after several years of negotiations, was accepted by U.S. insurers, foreign reinsurers, and state regulators. Mr. Bennett was the key industry representative during the NAIC’s adoption of a new Insurer Receivership Model Act as well. He also worked on the recent comprehensive reform of the Texas workers’ compensation act and the regulations implementing the overhaul of the law.

Mr. Bennett has testified before various state legislatures and agencies and is regularly involved with NAIC and NCOIL matters. He is a participant on the National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds Public Policy Committee, which establishes long-term goals and policy for guaranty fund and insolvency matters.  

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AIA's Steve Bennett says the workers' comp market remains healthy in WorkCompCentral

October 4, 2018 - Steve Bennett, the American Insurance Association's associate general counsel, disputes the characterization, stating, "The frequency of workplace injuries is significantly down and employers in many states are now enjoying sizable rate decreases."...

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AIA's Steve Bennett points out some issues with first responder workers' comp laws in Business Insurance

September 19, 2018 - "We have a lot of respect and admiration for police and firefighters who respond to tragic incidents. That said, we do not like there to be presumptions because the claimant should always have the burden of proof to prove injury is work-related."...

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AIA's Steve Bennett comments on a workers' comp ruling in Kansas in WorkCompCentral

August 7, 2018 - "This is a very troubling decision that will have serious ramifications for the Kansas workers' compensation system,” said Steve Bennett, the group’s associate general counsel....

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AIA's Steve Bennett supports PA workers' compensation bill in Business Insurance

June 27, 2018 - “We are pleased to see that Pennsylvania’s legislature has taken steps to resolve the issues created by last year’s Protz decision,” Steve Bennett, associate general counsel for the Washington-based American Insurance Association, said in an e-mail....

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AIA opposes a federal bill to loosen restrictions on compounding pharmacies in WorkCompCentral

April 6, 2018 - “AIA is opposed to this bill because all treatment should be evidence-based and outcome-focused, and there is little to no medical evidence to support the prescription of compound medications instead of FDA-approved medications," said Steve Bennett, associate general counsel for the American Insurance Association....

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AIA's Steve Bennett analyzes an Oklahoma workers' comp bill in Business Insurance

January 31, 2018 - “It is critical to an efficient workers’ compensation system that Oklahoma’s legislature and courts provide as broad a scope as possible for applying ‘principal employer’ for exclusive remedy purposes,” said Steve Bennett, associate general counsel at American Insurance Association in Washington....

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AIA's Steve Bennett discusses employer wellness programs in WorkCompCentral

January 24, 2018 - "If wellness and similar programs are effective, it will show up in the employer's experience rating via a lower experience modifier," said Steve Bennett, AIA associate general counsel and director of workers' compensation programs....

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AIA's Steve Bennett explains the benefits of drug formularies in WorkCompCentral

December 5, 2017 - “The ODG Formulary has already been successfully integrated by most payers and prescription benefit managers, thereby reducing or eliminating implementation delays and costs,” wrote AIA Associate General Counsel Steven A. Bennett....

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AIA's Steve Bennett discusses impairment guidelines in WorkCompCentral

November 28, 2017 - Said AIA Associate General Counsel Steve Bennett: “Though we are still reading through the new guidelines, we support the effort to update them, especially given the new medical knowledge we’ve gained in the decades since the guidelines were originally adopted.”...

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AIA's Steve Bennett outlines the benefits of drug formularies in Business Insurance

November 1, 2017 - “Formularies are a critical part of reducing the dangers to injured workers caused by inappropriate pharmaceutical prescriptions. States are starting to see the advantages to the treatment of injured workers and the workers’ compensation systems when such policies are enacted,” Steve Bennett, Washington-based associate general counsel for the American Insurance Association, said....

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The workers’ compensation industry is quite healthy, says AIA’s Steve Bennett

October 11, 2017 - “Thanks to a number of effective reforms, especially those that help control medical costs, the workers compensation industry is quite healthy,” Steve Bennett, AIA associate counsel, said in a statement. “AIA’s number one goal continues to be that the injured worker receives the highest quality and most appropriate medical care to foster prompt recovery and a timely return to work.” ...

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AIA’s Steve Bennett discusses compounded medications process preauthorization with Business Insurance

October 18, 2017 - Steve Bennett, associate general counsel for the American Insurance Association (AIA), says that AIA's "number one goal is to ensure that injured workers receive the highest quality and most appropriate medical care to foster prompt recovery and a timely return to work." He adds, "All treatment should be evidence-based and outcome-focused, and there is little to no medical evidence to support the prescription of compound medications instead of FDA-approved medications. In the extremely rare circumstance where a particular injured worker requires a compound medication, the proposed rules allow such prescriptions via preauthorization."...

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AIA’s Steve Bennett explains why a drug formulary would be beneficial in Arkansas

October 4, 2017 - Bennett told WorkCompCentral on Tuesday that AIA supports the changes AWCC has made to the formulary. “The revisions put more effective restrictions on opioid prescriptions,” he said....

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AIA's Steve Bennett criticizes a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Business Insurance

August 23, 2017 - "The ruling will likely increase costs for employers and add a level of uncertainty to the workers’ compensation claims process going forward," said Steve Bennett, associate general counsel for the American Insurance Association. "We hope a legislative remedy comes quickly."...

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AIA's Steve Bennett discusses the importance of drug formularies on WorkersCompensation.com

August 21, 2017 - Steve Bennett, counsel for the American Insurance Association (AIA), confirmed Moody's assessment, saying in an email that formularies “are critical in reducing the dangers to injured workers caused by inappropriate pharmaceutical prescriptions.”...

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AIA's Steve Bennett criticizes a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in WorkCompCentral

August 16, 2017 - American Insurance Association (AIA) Associate General Counsel Steve Bennett said, "AIA remains concerned about the effects of the court's decision for Pennsylvania's business community. The ruling will increase costs for employers and add a level of uncertainty to the workers' compensation claims process going forward. We hope a legislative remedy comes quickly."...

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AIA's Steve Bennett criticizes a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in A.M. Best

July 11, 2017 - The American Insurance Association (AIA) found the ruling troubling. AIA Associate General Counsel Steve Bennett said, "This decision will create substantial uncertainty for the business community and increase costs. A central goal of workers' compensation is encouraging the appropriate return to work, but this decision will only make that objective more difficult." ...

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AIA's Steve Bennett encourages states to pass workers' comp formularies in Business Insurance

June 21, 2017 - “Slow and steady, states will see the advantages to the treatment of injured workers and the workers compensation systems when policies are enacted,” [Bennett] said. “We will keep trying to get drug formularies enacted in states where they do not have them.”...

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