Division of Administration - Kristy Nichols, Commissioner - State of LouisianaState of Louisiana - Risk Management
Bud Thompson

Tel: (225) 342-8500
Fax: (225) 342-8473
Email: Bud.Thompson@la.gov

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 91106
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9106

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FAQ - Underwriting

Are volunteers covered under workers compensation? 

Authorized volunteers at any state agency are provided coverage for medical benefits only, if they are injured within the course and scope of their duties as assigned by the agency. Since they are not receiving compensation, they would not qualify for the weekly wage portion of the benefits.  Documentation of a volunteer’s personal information, duties while at the agency, and name of supervisor is important.


Does state insurance cover personal vehicles? 

Automobile insurance through ORM would not be primary coverage on personal vehicles. ORM provides excess liability coverage over the limits carried on the personal vehicle, only while the vehicle is being used on State business.  ORM also provides up to $1,000 deductible reimbursement on collision losses when the personal vehicle is being used on State business.  See Insurance Information Notice 98-2.


Can a non-state employee ride in a state vehicle? 

The State Travel Regulations PPM 49 establishes the rules for non-State employees riding in or driving State vehicles.  http://doa.louisiana.gov/osp/travel/travelpolicy.htm


Insurance coverage on courtesy vehicles 

When an automobile dealership provides a vehicle to a State agency, or often a State employee, to use at no charge, ORM refers to these as 'courtesy vehicles'. If the vehicle is used strictly for State business, then ORM can provide complete insurance coverage on the vehicle for the term that it is in the State agency's possession. If the vehicle is given to a specific employee to use at his or her discretion (business use as well as personal use), then it is the responsibility of the individual employee to retain insurance coverage on that vehicle just as if it were a personal vehicle. The employee should notify his/her automobile insurance carrier that the vehicle is being used for business. ORM would then provide excess liability coverage over and above those primary limits when the vehicle has an accident on State business only.


Proof of auto insurance for state vehicles 

Proof of insurance can be found at http://doa.louisiana.gov/ORM/Index.htm (and choose Proof of Insurance for State Vehicles) and should be placed in each State vehicle.


What is the process for requesting certificates of insurance? 

The Underwriting unit at ORM processes requests for certificates of insurance. The request must be made in writing and can be mailed, emailed, or faxed. Although the information needed can vary widely, please include at least the following info in your request:

  • Your complete agency name and address
  • The complete name and address of the company who is requesting proof of insurance from you
  • A copy of the contract / paperwork from this company
  • Dates of the event or the term of use, if applicable
  • Agency contact person's name and telephone number/email address
  • ORM will contact you if we do not have the right or enough information to process your request. Certificate requests generally can be completed within one week.


Property and liability certificates of insurance are NOT renewed automatically at the beginning of a new fiscal year. You must request (in writing) to have the certificates renewed. The most efficient way to do this is to mail, fax or email a copy of the previous certificate with the word "Renew" written on it.


How does insurance coverage apply to student interns? 

Please refer to Insurance Information Notice 97-3. Students interning as part of their course curriculum are not provided coverage under the State’s Workers Compensation policy for their own bodily injuries,  but will be provided general liability and/or medical malpractice liability if they cause injury or property damage to someone else. Any special contracts or situations that may seem out of the ordinary should be reviewed by ORM.


How do I report new buildings and/or contents? 

Procedures for adding new building structures and/or movable property can be found in the property section of the Exposure Reporting Manual.  The UND-1, UND-2, UND-4.1, UND-4.2 and UND-4.3 forms can be found here:  http://doa.louisiana.gov/orm/uwexpman.htm


Which state employees are provided bond coverage? 

All State employees are automatically provided bond coverage upon hire, whether or not their specific position handles money, and if they have never committed any dishonest acts. Bond coverage will not apply to the employee who, in the past, has been involved in dishonest acts involving money or property, whether on or off the job. ORM can assist the agency in analyzing special cases.


What is the difference between bond coverage and crime coverage? 

Bond coverage applies to thefts and fraudulent acts made by State employees against their agencies. Crime coverage applies when a third-party enters a property by force and steals money or property.


How to report mailing address changes -  Key contact forms

Approximately every other year, ORM will send a contact name request form to each agency. These names are then entered into a database to be used for contacting an agency by telephone or email when necessary and mailing insurance invoices, special claims reports, etc. It is important that the names ORM has on file are current. If your agency's address changes or a key person leaves the agency, it is your responsibility to contact us to provide the new information.  Please call (225) 342-8472 or email Brenda.Cain@la.gov.

 

How do I know what insurance provisions are acceptable in agency contracts?

The Underwriting unit can review contract language and make recommendations regarding the language.  We have published a manual to assist agency personnel in reviewing and drafting insurance requirements in their contracts:  http://doa.louisiana.gov/orm/word/uwcontr.doc.  If your agency is involved in a cooperative endeavor agreement, please contact both ORM and the Office of Contractual Review (OCR) before it is executed.  Please call ORM at (225) 342-8472 or email Brenda.Cain@la.gov.  The link to OCR’s website is http://doa.louisiana.gov/OCR/index.htm.