California Proposes Major Change on Auto Insurance Group Discounts

The California Department of Insurance | December 24, 2019

The California Department of Insurance on Monday released proposed regulations to reform how insurance companies offer group discounts based on occupation, education, and other arbitrary factors. If adopted, this would be the first major change to the use of so-called “affinity group” discounts since California voters approved Proposition 103 in 1988, outlawing “redlining” and other major reforms in insurance. The CDI drafted the new regulations after Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara ordered an investigation of group discounts. A survey of insured vehicles reportedly found that one-fourth of Californians receive an affinity group premium reduction ranging from 1.5% to 25.9% depending on the insurer and group. The data shows that participation in group discount programs decreases with income and education level, with those living in ZIP Codes with average income above $49,000 more than twice as likely to receive discounts as those in ZIP Codes with average income of $22,500 or below, according to the CDI.

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In 2021, massive vaccine deployments and the lifting of pandemic-related limitations were the key catalysts in helping individuals and companies regain trust in the insurance industry while also boosting economic growth. However, the COVID-19 concerns, paired with cyber and climate shifts, and disruptive market dynamics, continue to remain uncertain. Despite the increase in regulations, rising inflation, decreasing interest rates, and changing consumer preferences, insurers anticipate a gamechanging scenario in the insurance industry in the year 2022.

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In 2021, massive vaccine deployments and the lifting of pandemic-related limitations were the key catalysts in helping individuals and companies regain trust in the insurance industry while also boosting economic growth. However, the COVID-19 concerns, paired with cyber and climate shifts, and disruptive market dynamics, continue to remain uncertain. Despite the increase in regulations, rising inflation, decreasing interest rates, and changing consumer preferences, insurers anticipate a gamechanging scenario in the insurance industry in the year 2022.

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Riskonnect Named in Business Insurance’s Best Places to Work in Insurance Program for Second Consecutive Year

Riskonnect | September 17, 2022

Riskonnect, the leader in integrated risk management (IRM) solutions, today announced it has been named in Business Insurance’s annual Best Places to Work in Insurance program, which recognizes employers for their outstanding performance in establishing workplaces where employees can thrive, enjoy their work, and help their companies grow. “It’s a huge honor to be recognized once again as one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance. The accolade is a testament to our team’s dedication to creating an incredible and empowering work environment at Riskonnect, Every day we aim to foster a positive culture where our team is inspired, encouraged, and poised to deliver the best service to customers and help them manage risk under one roof.” -Kevin Crow, chief human resources officer at Riskonnect Best Places to Work in Insurance is an annual program that highlights the agents, brokers, insurance companies, and other providers with the highest levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. The leading employers in the insurance industry are identified through a two-part assessment of each company. The first part is a questionnaire completed by the employer about company policies, practices, and demographics. The second part is a confidential employee survey on engagement and satisfaction. This achievement follows several others for Riskonnect, including being named one of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women and certified as a Great Place to Work® in the United Kingdom by Great Place to Work®. The Company was also named a Best and Brightest Company to Work For® by the U.S. National Association for Business Resources in Atlanta and Chicago for the fourth consecutive year. About Riskonnect Riskonnect is the leading integrated risk management software solution provider. Our technology empowers organizations with the ability to anticipate, manage, and respond in real-time to strategic and operational risks across the extended enterprise. More than 2,000 customers across six continents use our unique risk-correlation technology to gain previously unattainable insights that deliver better business outcomes. Riskonnect has more than 800 risk management experts in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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Verisk launches EV Database for UK and Irish motor insurance markets

Verisk | October 17, 2022

The number of electric vehicles sold in the UK and Ireland continues to rise. The risk profile of cars on the road is changing, making access to technical electric vehicle data critical for insurers and brokers. To help support strategic underwriting and pricing decision making, Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK), a leading global data analytics provider, announced the launch of its Electric Vehicle Database for the UK and Ireland. Verisk’s Electric Vehicle Database is a proprietary, technical dataset for all new and existing models of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The Database provides insurers, brokers, and MGAs with a pivotal advantage in the electric vehicle space, with access to over 175 technical attributes. These attributes include an EV’s battery, efficiency, and performance, as well as information on each vehicle’s acceleration, top speed, range of a single charge in different conditions, battery capacity, charger location and warranty period. “We’ve entered the electric motor age, and Verisk is uniquely equipped to help insurers to create new rating attributes for prediction of risk associated with EVs, Verisk is working with its customers to bring new datasets and services that help them to continue to make well-informed decisions as technologies and regulations change.” -Jonathan Guard, commercial director, Ireland, Verisk All of the electric vehicle datasets are available via batch append services or through Verisk’s Data Insight Hub, a continuously expanding source of insurance data and analytics accessible at any part of the customer journey, including the point of quote. Verisk is a leading provider of motor vehicle data and services to insurers, MGAs and brokers in the UK and Irish market. Such services include matching vehicle registrations to rating code groups, claims alerts, technical data and new datasets such as windscreen data. The Verisk Data Insights Hub provides these datasets and services, including the Electric Vehicle Database in a fast automated API service that meets the needs of the market’s point of quote services. About Verisk Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) provides data-driven analytic insights and solutions for the insurance and energy industries. Through advanced data analytics, software, scientific research and deep industry knowledge, Verisk empowers customers to strengthen operating efficiency, improve underwriting and claims outcomes, combat fraud and make informed decisions about global issues, including climate change and extreme events as well as political and ESG topics. With offices in more than 30 countries, Verisk consistently earns certification by Great Place to Work and fosters an inclusive culture where all team members feel they belong.

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Milliman | November 23, 2022

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