Texas Mutual Earns National Wellness Award

Texas Mutual Insurance Company has earned recognition from UnitedHealthcare for its commitment to employee health and wellness. Ten other companies around the country earned the award.


Carol Calvin (left), national director of UnitedHealthcare Health and Wellness, presented the Well Deserved award to Lisa Corless, chief operating officer of Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

“This award highlights the importance of a healthy workplace, and we are proud to receive this recognition from UnitedHealthcare,” said Texas Mutual Chief Operating Officer Lisa Corless. “Creating a culture of health and wellness is a priority for Texas Mutual and our 780 employees.”

Award criteria included executive support for the health program, the presence of wellness champions and innovation in wellness program design.

Texas Mutual’s employee wellness program includes online health improvement tools, health risk assessments, wellness coaching, fitness centers at each of its five locations,
onsite flu shots, yoga classes, a walking program, Weight Watchers at Work and wellness incentives.

Ed Coates, senior manager of employee services at Texas Mutual, said the program’s goal is similar to that of the safety and loss prevention services the company offers its policyholders: help identify risks, and provide resources to reduce or eliminate those risks.

Coates added that the program has seen positive results, which have contributed to below-market increases in the company’s health plan expenses the past few years. Results of the program indicate:
• The number of employees scoring in the poor and fair overall health categories decreased by 4.7 percentage points. At the same time, employees scoring in the good and excellent health categories increased by about 4.6 percentage points.
• As overall employee health improved, sick leave usage significantly decreased, and in turn, productivity improved.
• Nearly 80 percent of participants responding to the health risk assessment believed that the wellness resources and opportunities provided by the company helped them develop and practice a healthier lifestyle.

“The most recent statistics indicate that our employees are improving their overall health,” said Coates. “Employees have access to valuable wellness resources, and they are motivated to make long-term lifestyle and behavioral changes. They are reducing their risk for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. They are improving their exercise and nutrition habits, and they are lowering their risk of experiencing serious health complications later in life. Ultimately, we see the payoff in terms of a healthy, productive workforce.”

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Claimant to Serve Jail Time, Repay Benefits to Texas Mutual

A Travis County district court sentenced a Laredo man on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. The court ordered Jose Perez to serve 60 days in jail and repay $7,388 in benefits to Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Perez reported a job-related injury while working in the shipping and receiving department of a Brumley Professional Employer Services client company. Perez claimed he was unable to work as a result of the injury, and Texas Mutual began paying income benefits to him.

Meanwhile, Texas Mutual uncovered evidence that Perez was working at a distribution center in Laredo.

Investigators call this type of scam double-dipping, because the claimant collects benefits for being too injured to work when he or she is, in fact, gainfully employed. Texas law requires claimants to contact their workers’ comp carrier when they return to work. Left unchecked, double-dipping and other workers’ comp fraud can lead to higher premiums for all Texas employers.

About Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company is the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. Since 1991, the company has provided a stable, competitively priced source of workers’ comp insurance for Texas employers. Texas Mutual maintains three teams of in-house fraud investigators. In 2009, they saved, identified or recovered $16 million through their claimant, health care provider and employer fraud investigations.

Court Orders Claimant to Repay $11K in Benefits to Texas Mutual

A Travis County district court has sentenced a Baytown woman on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. The court ordered Pamela McCoy to repay $11,340 in benefits to Texas Mutual Insurance Company and serve five years’ probation.

McCoy reported a job-related injury while working as a warehouse supervisor for Sheff-Man LP of Cypress. She claimed she was unable to work as a result of the injury, and Texas Mutual began paying income benefits to her.

Meanwhile, Texas Mutual investigators uncovered evidence that McCoy was working for a chemical company in Houston, where she reported two additional job-related injuries and was again placed in off-work status.

Investigators call this type of scam double-dipping, because the claimant collects benefits for being too injured to work when he or she is, in fact, gainfully employed. Texas law requires claimants to contact their workers’ comp carrier when they return to work. Left unchecked, double-dipping and other workers’ comp fraud can lead to higher premiums for all Texas employers.

About Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company is the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. Since 1991, the company has provided a stable, competitively priced source of workers’ comp insurance for Texas employers. Texas Mutual maintains three teams of in-house fraud investigators. In 2009, they saved, identified or recovered $16 million through their claimant, health care provider and employer fraud investigations.

Texas Mutual Awards $300K in Safety Education Grants

AUSTIN, Texas— Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a combined $300,000 in grants to Kilgore College, Midland College and College of the Mainland in Texas City. The grants will fund free workplace safety courses for employers, employees and the general public.

Texas Mutual has awarded more than $1 million in safety education grants since 1999.

“Texas Mutual has been very generous, and the benefit to Midland and surrounding communities is tremendous,” said Midland College President Steve Thomas, Ph.D. “Each person who has participated in the program made possible by this partnership between Texas Mutual and Midland College has used the free classes to learn how to make their workplaces safer.”

In addition to the safety grants, Texas Mutual hosts free workers’ compensation workshops across the state. The workshops include a presentation by a Texas Mutual safety professional.

The grants and workshops are part of the company’s ongoing commitment to preventing workplace accidents.

“On-the-job injuries carry monetary and, more importantly, human costs,” said Ron Wright, Texas Mutual Insurance Company president. “As the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, we take seriously our responsibility to promote safe workplaces. Anytime we have the opportunity to help prevent accidents in the workplace through training and education, we consider it a sound investment.”

For more information about the workshops and safety courses, visit texasmutual.com/safety/training.shtm.

Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company is the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. Since 1991, the company has provided a stable, competitively priced source of workers’ comp insurance for Texas employers. Helping employers prevent workplace accidents is a major part of Texas Mutual’s mission. For more information, visit texasmutual.com.

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