Higher Mortality Risk in Individuals with Mental Health Disorders
Individuals with mental health disorders have a risk of mortality that is two times higher than the general population or than individuals without such disorders, according to a new study.
MIB Life Index Reports U.S. Life Insurance Activity up +5.7% in January
Application activity for individually underwritten life insurance increased +5.7% in January, year-over-year, all ages combined, according to the MIB Life Index.
Life Underwriting in 2020
I am neither a clairvoyant nor in possession of a crystal ball. This confessed, after 45 years in life insurance risk assessment - and with an obsessive focus on tracking trends - I have some reasonably credible thoughts regarding how underwriting will be configured five years hence.
When Is Screening Essential?
The proper assessment of current health is essential for underwriters to come to the best (and hopefully most aggressive) decision on policy pricing. This is straightforward when tests and current assessment of well being have been done by an attending physician and favorable results lead to standard and preferred issues. What about screening tests for health that assess risk and allow both the doctor and patient/insured to look for disease that isn’t currently causing symptoms?
Dementia - The Presence of Mind
Dementia is a topic that is aired with increasing frequency in the media – perhaps due to raised awareness but certainly as a response to demographic change. The subject also arises in the context of life and health insurance product development, underwriting and claims.
Shisha – the practice of smoking tobacco or non-tobacco alternatives in waterpipes – is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Mr Devesh Anand of RGA Reinsurance Company Middle East Limited looks into the health risks of shisha and the underwriting considerations involved.
5 Life Insurance Game Changers
This year will see huge decreases in underwriting times for those who take advantage of new technologies.
Predictive Analytics Articles (SOA)
The Society of Actuaries is providing a selection of articles on the use of predictive modeling. Articles included in the PDF package:
- Risk Segmentation: Application of Predictive Modeling in Life Underwriting
- Predictive Modeling Techniques Applied to Quantifying Mortality Risk
- Utilizing Frequent Itemsets to Model Highly Sparse Underwriting Data
- Producing Actionable Insights from Predictive Models Built Upon Condensed Medical Records
- Predicting Emergency Room Frequent Flyers