Reinsurance Market No Longer Soft
The reinsurance/excess Insurance Market has started to change from a commodity marketplace. The excess insurance market is usually the bellwether for the rest of the marketplaces.
Reinsurance/Excess Insurance is basically defined as a risk management technique. The employer will purchase this type of insurance to cover claims that exceed a certain payout per claim or an overall claims total known as an aggregate.
According to a recent article in Business Insurance, the employers may not be able to choose their Third Party Administrator (TPA) and then just pursue the lowest priced reinsurance. Reinsurers are starting to use more predictive analysis when underwriting a risk.
Insurance companies are not offering the same standalone product for reinsurance as in the past. The reinsurance/excess insurance market is now operating with ever-thin margins due to the return on investment the carriers are receiving for premium invested in stable investments such as money market funds.
The striking quote from article is that employers should expect a 10% increase in their excess insurance premiums. The other change is that re insurers are going to require employers to endure the same process as other insurance coverages.
The 10% increase is also for the employers with normal loss histories. Employers may see more severe increases with higher Mods or Loss Development Factors (LDF’s). The re insurers will likely analyze the same variables as normal Workers Comp carriers. One area that will receive more attention is whether or not an employer has a full safety and loss prevention program in place.
The one component that keeps the reinsurance market from actually being deemed hard is the availability of reinsurance. There are many carriers still offering reinsurance.
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