COVID-19 pandemic crisis may be the most expensive event for insurance

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Though uncertainty remains regarding the final cost, the coronavirus will be among the costliest. The final total is far from known for the insurance and reinsurance industry in terms of the cost of the pandemic crisis, but it is expected to be one of the most expensive event price tags in history. A new report published by reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter points to record costs. The pandemic is particularly dangerous because of two primary factors. The first is that it comes with ongoing potential for causing unexpected and unpredictable loss…

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Workers compensation insurance market starts to feel the COVID-19 pinch

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The coronavirus is now making itself felt in this additional part of the industry. Workers compensation insurance companies are now working quickly to keep up with the sudden influx of claims resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. This has been made all the more complex as the regulatory landscape shifts throughout the country. Many states have been changing the regulations to which the workers compensation insurance companies must adhere in the face of COVID-19. For instance, the state commission for this coverage gave its unanimous approval to repeal a controversial emergency…

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Chubb CEO calls COVID-19 coronavirus biggest event in insurance industry history

Evan Greenberg cautioned that the pandemic’s impact will cause insurers to face their largest challenges. Chubb Ltd Chief Executive Officer Evan Greenberg released a statement warning that the coronavirus will be the largest event in insurance industry history. The insurance company recorded $13 million in losses linked to COVID-19 during the Q1 2020. Greenberg stated that “this event will be the largest event,” in insurance industry history, on an earnings call in which he shared Chubb’s first quarter results for 2020. The CEO pointed to both the direct impact of…

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Life insurance policy availability for coronavirus coverage may soon shrink

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Insurers feel the COVID-19 pandemic comes with too many uncertainties to offer cover. Life insurance policy sales have been spiking since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the availability of this coverage may not continue as it has been. Insurers have been faced with a sudden and dramatic amount of unknown coverage data. Life insurance policy sales are based on the answers to several questions and the use of actuarial tables to determine each applicant’s rates. However, with the addition of the coronavirus pandemic, the factors influencing what an…

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Special Maryland health insurance enrollment period begins to boost coverage

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As a state of emergency is declared Marylanders have a new opportunity to obtain a plan. A special Maryland health insurance enrollment window has opened to help uninsured residents of the state obtain coverage for added financial protection against coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange reopened. The Maryland health insurance enrollment window opened back up again to make sure that residents in the state had an extra chance to purchase coverage during this outbreak. Uninsured Marylanders have the opportunity to…

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US health insurance gaps may accelerate COVID-19 spread

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Over 27 million people across the United States lack coverage, which can reduce testing and treatment. The substantial US health insurance gaps that remain across the country could feed the spread of the novel coronavirus. As about 9 percent of the American population – around 27 million people – lack a health plan, testing and treatment comes with a cost they may not be able to afford. Without coverage people may delay going to get tested or treated or they may not do it at all. In the state of…

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Event insurance policies often don’t cover disease cancellation

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As gatherings like SXSW are stopped to slow COVID-19’s spread, participants are suffering losses. The South by Southwest (SXSW) conference has been cancelled for the first time in 34 years and the lack of disease outbreak coverage in event insurance policies has left many participants out of luck. This year’s SXSW was supposed to take place in Austin, Texas, from March 13 to March 22. The two SXSW founders were cited in a recent media publication, saying that the organization did not have disease outbreak coverage in its event insurance…

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