Don’t Count on Home Insurance to Cover Cost of Rebuilding: Viewpoint

Insurance Journal | April 12, 2019

Own a home? No doubt you’ve insured it. Very sensible of you. But if that home were, say, burned to the ground, then your insurance company probably wouldn’t cover the cost of rebuilding it. Don’t feel too bad, though. It’s only partly your fault. Two-thirds of California wildfire victims are under-insured, according to Amy Bach, executive director of consumer advocacy group United Policyholders, speaking at a recent meeting of governor Gavin Newsom’s wildfire commission, held in Santa Rosa. Shocking as that figure seems, it comports with anecdotes I picked up reporting on the aftermath of the recent wildfires earlier this year. Meanwhile, Sarah Paulson of Kevin Paulson Insurance Agency Inc. in San Diego, estimates maybe 60 percent of policyholders are under-insured. Now a new study titled “Minding the Protection Gap,” just published in the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, concludes the prevalence of under-insurance among American homeowners might be closer to 80 percent.

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The UK private healthcare market is expected to grow by 2.8% per annum in 2025 according to Persistence Market Research. This growth opportunity is attracting new healthcare insurance entrants to the market. It has been suggested that Amazon could soon target the UK in its efforts to disrupt the healthcare insurance market.


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Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance Partners with Rhode Island Environmental Non-Profit

Save The Bay | January 27, 2022

Advocacy of clean waterways is top priority for Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance, which is why a partnership with Save The Bay is a natural fit. Safe Harbor offers the largest spill response network in the vessel pollution industry, which allows for the opportune response in the crucial first moments of marine oil spills. Additionally, most of its staff are based in North Kingstown, RI – where the office overlooks Narragansett Bay – the very body of water Save The Bay actively works to clean and protect every day. Much of Save The Bay's mission-based work seeks to address the ongoing threats to Narragansett Bay including: "polluted runoff, excessive nutrients, accumulating toxins, overfishing, declining biodiversity, warming sea temperatures, and coastal inundation—all of which represent urgent perils that demand our attention." Safe Harbor and the extended Falvey Insurance Group staff plan to support Save The Bay through local beach cleanups, volunteer hours dedicated to removing garbage and debris from the Bay's coastline. Safe Harbor is also proud to support Save The Bay by hosting and serving as the presenting sponsor of "Fore the Bay" – a charity golf tournament planned for Monday, July 25, 2022. The tournament will be hosted at Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club in Middletown, RI, which overlooks the same body of water the event will support – Narragansett Bay. All proceeds will be donated to Save The Bay. Golf registration and sponsorship opportunities are available at safeharborpollutioninsurance.com/save-the-bay. This partnership is a continuation of Falvey Insurance Group's, parent company of Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance, effort to directly align its 2021 philanthropy with causes related to its business operations. About Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance At Safe Harbor, we are more than paper, we are a partner. With roughly 50 cumulative years of experience, Safe Harbor offers the strongest and longest track record of continuous applied expertise in the vessel pollution industry. Safe Harbor supports clients with the industry's leading infrastructure and institutional knowledge available in the market today. Offering the broadest coverage, largest spill response network and most transparent claims process in the industry, Safe Harbor is more than paper, we are a partner and vessel pollution expert you can trust. Learn more about Safe Harbor at: safeharborpollutioninsurance.com About Falvey Insurance Group Falvey Insurance Group began as a single division, Falvey Cargo Underwriting, opening its first office in 1995 in Wakefield, RI by the company's founder: Mike Falvey. After 25 years, the company has evolved into Falvey Insurance Group, comprised of four divisions: Falvey Cargo Underwriting, Falvey Shippers Insurance, Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance, and Falvey Insurance Services. "The Specialized Insurance Experts" underwrite on behalf of Lloyd's of London, C.V. Starr, Nationwide, Beazley Insurance Company, Hiscox, Ascot Group and State National. The flexibility, World-Class customer service, claims processing excellence, and comprehensive knowledge and expertise that Falvey companies are known for is unparalleled in the insurance industry. Falvey was also named Insurance Insider's MGA of the Year in 2020. About Save The Bay Founded in 1970, the Rhode Island-based nonprofit Save The Bay seeks to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its 1,705-square-mile watershed. The organization works to achieve its vision of a fully swimmable, fishable Narragansett Bay, accessible to all, through its advocacy, education, and habitat restoration and adaptation work.

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INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY

Cannabis Insurance Company TRICHOME Announces Organizational Changes and Improvements in Dispensary Product

TRICHOME | June 06, 2022

Attender Underwriting Managers dba TRICHOME, a managing general agency, with the only cannabis dispensary insurance product endorsed by the National Cannabis Risk Management Association, today announced new initiatives designed to improve its ability to offer its unique products to a cannabis marketplace in need of broader solutions. Jeffrey C. Conway will assume the combined role of CEO and President of TRICHOME. Conway is currently the CEO and a founding member the company with over 30 years of underwriting, reinsurance, wholesale, program, and captive management experience. He replaces Rocco Petrilli who served in a role as interim president before accepting the role of CEO and president of National Cannabis Risk Prevention Services (NCRPS). Conway is joined by Thomas Cioletti, who was recently promoted to Vice President of Underwriting and Operations. Together they lead a team that builds, underwrites, launches, and manages property and casualty insurance coverages focused solely on cannabis. TRICHOME has upgraded its dispensary offering to "A" rated paper and continues to make improvements to its easy-to-use agent platform and extremely user-friendly application process. TRICHOME features extensive risk management and loss control, broad coverage enhancements, a proprietary property rating systems that rates perils from a single point geographic location, and a pseudo-Insurtech approach to dispensaries, which enables their team to turn quotations around within 24 hours. "We are wildly excited about the future and extremely thankful to Rocco Petrilli for his leadership and brilliant approach to truly risk management-based insurance products", stated Conway. "We will continue the vision to build and offer risk management and insurance that promotes the long term sustainability needed in the cannabis marketplace."

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SCOR and Its Subsidiary ReMark Announce a Partnership With Atidot on a New In-Force Performance Solution for Life Insurers

SCOR | April 25, 2022

SCOR and its subsidiary ReMark announce that they have signed a partnership agreement with Atidot on a solution designed to increase in-force business value for life insurers. The innovative digital solution will deliver significant value for the partners’ clients by better predicting policyholder behavior and developing engaging marketing strategies to retain customers. A global reinsurer, SCOR continues to leverage its industry expertise and collaboration with ecosystem partners to design and offer innovative solutions to its clients that help drive growth, solve key business problems, and achieve strategic objectives. SCOR believes that it’s not enough for a reinsurer to provide competitive reinsurance in today’s market. This partnership reflects our commitment to foster solutions that add value to our clients, and to ensure that life insurance meets the needs of more consumers in a personalized and engaging way.” Rick Pretty, Senior Vice President and Head of Knowledge Commercialization at SCOR. The solution combines Atidot’s artificial intelligence and data modeling platform, with ReMark’s solid marketing expertise and consumer insight. Insurance companies can expect to better engage with customers, improve retention of existing policies, optimize policyholder coverage and increase the value of their in-force business. The partners have a strong track record in the U.S. market. This partnership provides a unique solution in the industry, Our predictive modeling is based on advanced data science and enriched data that creates a whole new level of engagement opportunities for customers and advisors. It’s a win-win.” Dror Katzav, CEO and Founder of Atidot. Because carriers’ business objectives and distribution needs vary, this new solution was designed to be customizable and flexible. Atidot will first score carrier data sets to identify policies that, for example, are likely to lapse in the next four to six months. ReMark will then use this analysis to develop appropriate marketing campaigns aimed at proactively preventing lapse and following up on those leads with a high propensity to buy. The solution can be easily adapted to also identify opportunities within a customer database for upselling and cross-selling. It is end-to-end, and includes insurer and agent-branded communications, as well as personalized marketing and sales execution strategies. We are proud to bring ReMark’s proven experience of engaging end-consumers to the table, having run over 12,000 campaigns to date. This solution is easy to implement for carriers and I’m excited to see how it will improve our clients’ business outcomes.” Steve Gaertner, Senior Vice President, Distribution Strategies for ReMark. About Atidot Atidot is a cloud-based AI and predictive analytics solutions provider for life insurance companies. Our data-driven turnkey solutions directly impact companies across the value chain, help them serve their customers better, and generate new revenue streams. Founded by a team of data scientists and actuaries, Atidot works with leading carriers in North America and Europe to optimize their book of business. Atidot has offices in California, the UK, and Israel and was awarded by Gartner to be ‘Cool Vendor 2019’ in Insurance.’ About ReMark ReMark is a global insurance consultancy helping insurers worldwide grow sustainably. Part of the SCOR Group, since 1984 they’ve reached over 1 billion people with their data intelligence, marketing and technology solutions, and ran over 12,000 campaigns. ReMark is the brand behind the award-winning Good Life health & wellness app and Velogica underwriting software. They work with over 500 insurers, as well as with partners outside the industry, like Garmin, local governments and more. Each year ReMark publishes the largest survey of insurance consumers worldwide—the Global Consumer Study—relied upon by industry leaders to stay informed on current trends. About SCOR SCOR, the world’s fourth largest reinsurer, offers its clients a diversified and innovative range of solutions and services to control and manage risk. Applying “The Art & Science of Risk”, SCOR uses its industry-recognized expertise and cutting-edge financial solutions to serve its clients and contribute to the welfare and resilience of society. SCOR offers its clients an optimal level of security with its AA- rating or equivalent from S&P, Moody’s, Fitch and AM Best. The Group generated premiums of more than EUR 17.5 billion in 2021, and serves clients in more than 160 countries from its 36 offices worldwide.

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New ATRI Research Evaluates Motor Carrier Strategies for Responding to Rising Insurance Costs

The American Transportation Research Institute | February 18, 2022

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released a new report analyzing trucking industry impacts from the rising costs of insurance. This analysis, a top priority of ATRI's Research Advisory Committee, utilized detailed financial and insurance data from dozens of motor carriers and commercial insurers. The report assesses immediate and longer-term impacts that rising insurance costs have on carrier financial conditions, safety technology investments and crash outcomes as well as strategies used by carriers to manage escalating insurance costs. The study found that carrier strategies included decreasing insurance coverage levels, raising deductibles and/or Self-Insurance Retention (SIR) levels, and decreasing investments in other cost centers. In spite of this increased liability exposure, out-of-pocket incident costs and carrier crash involvement remained stable or decreased among a majority of respondents. Despite reductions in insurance coverage, rising deductibles and improved safety, almost all motor carriers experienced substantial increases in insurance costs from 2018 to 2020. Premiums increased across all fleet sizes and sectors, with small fleets paying more than three times as much as very large fleets on a per-mile basis. One-third of respondents reported cutting wages or bonuses due to rising insurance costs, and 22 percent cut investments in equipment and technology – potentially creating future safety and driver shortage concerns. However, in the short-term, crash data confirms that carriers that raised deductibles or reduced insurance coverage were generally incentivized to reduce crashes in the subsequent year. Finally, the research describes a process for calculating the "Total Cost of Risk" in order to evaluate the full scale and impact of rising insurance costs on a carrier's long-term safety and financial viability, including safety investments in drivers, programs and technologies. "ATRI's study corroborates the Triple-I's research on rising insurance costs and social inflation – that increased litigation and other factors dramatically raise insurers' claim payouts, External factors that go well beyond carrier safety force commercial trucking insurance costs to increase, which then requires carriers to redesign their business strategies. The higher premiums ultimately tend to be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices for goods and services." -Dale Porfilio, Chief Insurance Officer of the Insurance Information Institute.

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The UK private healthcare market is expected to grow by 2.8% per annum in 2025 according to Persistence Market Research. This growth opportunity is attracting new healthcare insurance entrants to the market. It has been suggested that Amazon could soon target the UK in its efforts to disrupt the healthcare insurance market.

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