Cancer Mortality Patterns in Insured Lives
For life insurers, a major source of mortality risk mitigation is prudent underwriting at the time of application, which should ultimately reduce future claim costs. One way to refine the underwriting process is through measuring the impact of underwriting using insurance claims experience.
Assessing Elderly Heart Disease Risk
The prevalence of cardiovascular disease - hypertension, coronary heart disease, heart failure or stroke - increases with age. Often, multiple cardiac conditions coexist with other illnesses, and this makes risk assessments for applicants aged 70 and above extremely complex for underwriters.
Designing Life Insurance Application Forms Fit for Changing Times
When filling out an application for insurance, a person typically faces questions that are comprehensive, somewhat complex, and perhaps even a barrier to getting the business done. This is particularly true of life insurance application forms dominated by health-related questions. The underwriters’ aim - to get profound levels of disclosure - is frequently at odds with the marketing department desire for simplicity; customers despair at what they see as extensive and difficult questioning.
CIOs Discuss Strategy, Challenges and Industry Changes
Top insurance industry CIOs discuss emerging trends, top technology initiatives, challenges and change in the industry overall.
To Tell the Truth: Applicant Nondisclosure of Obesity and HIV and Hepatitis C
Applicants’ self-disclosed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) status as well as body mass index (BMI) are important risk factors for morbidity and mortality in both accelerated and traditional (full) underwriting processes. In combination with self-disclosed smoking and medical history (diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, high cholesterol), which was discussed in a previous issue of Contingencies, these conditions constitute a majority of the leading medical inputs to the risk-assessment process.
Impaired Risk Review: Mesothelioma
A tumor with a very serious prognosis, mesotheliomas are primary neoplasms that arise from either the pleura surrounding the lung or the peritoneum. Most mesotheliomas are diffuse and malignant, while a minority (less than 25 percent) are localized and benign in activity. It’s important to recognize these growths as they have serious and rapid progressions when diagnosed in many cases.
5 Lessons From a Hot Life Startup
Although Ladder company has only 37 employees, it can issue fully, but quickly, underwritten policies while the applicants are sitting in front of their computers, with coverage limits ranging from $100,000 to $8 million.
LexisNexis Risk Classifier – Stratifying Mortality Risk Using Alternative Data Sources
Munich Re assessed LexisNexis Risk Classifier, a predictive modeling tool developed and owned by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Inc. that accurately stratifies mortality risk using public records, consumer credit history and motor vehicle history. Insurers considering alternative data-based mortality scores should begin with a retrospective validation study on their own experience data.
Seasonal Influenza and Mortality
Can big data from a bad flu season yield insights into all-cause mortality and help guide insurance risk assessment? RGA and Blue Dot partner to explore the global spread of infectious disease and arrive at fascinating insights.