The Changing Nature of Risk – Casualty Dynamics: History shows that the insurance market is cyclical, and this is especially true for casualty lines of business. As long-tail lines, the ultimate profitability of a year is not known for many years as changing loss trends and causes may not be recognized until it is too late to protect against adverse development. The casualty marketplace now finds itself in such a position, according to Christopher Ross, Managing Director, Guy Carpenter.
Cost Sharing and Telehealth: In the beginning of March 2020, insurers across the country immediately began requesting that barriers to providing care be removed during the pandemic to help them more efficiently test and treat COVID-19 patients. However, on March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which required health insurance companies that offer individual and group health plans to waive cost-sharing charges for Food and Drug Administration-approved COVID-19 testing. While states were already responding to requests for insurers to waive cost sharing, the passage of this act required cost sharing for COVID-19 testing to be waived in all 50 states.
Why We Need Community-Based Catastrophe Insurance: As disaster losses escalate around the globe, the difference between economic damages and the amount that is insured — known as the natural catastrophe protection gap — is an issue of increasing focus for community leaders and policymakers, according to Andy Read, Vice President of Public Sector Practice at Guy Carpenter, and Carolyn Kousky, Executive Director of Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Catastrophe Bond Activity – Market Hardening: There will continue to be upward momentum of rates in 2021, with particular volatility in the retrocession space, although how long these conditions last is uncertain, according to Des Potter, Managing Director, Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) Origination and Structuring at GC Securities*.
Health Insurers and COVID-19 – Background and Timeline: As COVID-19 spreads throughout the United States and the resulting economic disruption continues, medical insurance carriers are responding to the needs of their customers in a rapidly changing market landscape shaped by legislative and competitive conditions. In this article, we provide an overview of how large medical insurance carriers are adapting to the needs of their insureds and employees.
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COVID-19 Losses and Business Interruption – Leading Up to January 2021 Reinsurance Renewals: With regard to direct COVID-19 losses, many market commentators are revising their initial loss estimates downward, particularly in the domain of property business interruption (BI). Based on third-quarter earnings announcements to date, reported losses for COVID-19 reached just over USD 25 billion, much of which is incurred but not reported. At this time, there are many steps still to complete before ultimate outcomes are better understood.
*Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, 12 Endeavour Square, London, E20 1JN. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities LLC, MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product.