Katie Meyer was WITF’s Capitol Bureau Chief from 2016-2020. While at WITF, she covered all things state politics for public radio stations throughout Pennsylvania. Katie came to Harrisburg by way of New York City, where she worked at Fordham University’s public radio station, WFUV, as an anchor, general assignment reporter, and co-host of an original podcast. A 2016 graduate of Fordham, she earned several awards for her work at WFUV, including four 2016 Gracies.
Katie is a native New Yorker, though she originally hails from Troy, a little farther up the Hudson River. She can attest that the bagels are still pretty good there.
WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Desk is partially funded through generous gifts made in the memory of Tony May through the Anthony J. May Memorial Fund.
The Highmark and UPMC buildings stand among the downtown Pittsburgh skyline on Monday, June 24, 2019. (Photo by AP)
(Harrisburg) — Pittsburgh-based insurer Highmark has to pay the commonwealth $145,000 after a mistake that led to a number of businesses being overcharged for workers’ compensation.
The issue dates back to a filing error.
In 2016 a Highmark subsidiary, Highmark Casualty, sold its workers compensation insurance business to West Virginia-based BrickStreet Mutual Insurance.
The Insurance Department says incorrect information was then passed along to the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau, which ultimately had some businesses pay out higher workers’ comp rates than they should have.
The department had to issue revised insurance rates in the middle of last year to fix it. And so far, 90 workers compensation insurers have reimbursed businesses for the overpayment.
BrickStreet was fined alongside Highmark. It’ll have to pay $80,000 for the error.
The insurance department is also requiring the rating bureau to boost its internal controls to guard against similar errors in the future.