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It has been two months since COVID-19 began to turn the U.S. economy upside down. Suffering massive losses due to the damage caused by coronavirus, businesses have quickly turned to their insurance companies for assistance.

Unfortunately, most have been stonewalled by two party-line arguments from their insurance companies: That COVID-19 does not cause the “damage” needed to trigger coverage and that viruses like COVID-19 are excluded causes of loss anyway.

Fortunately for policyholders, the analysis is rarely so simple. The unprecedented breadth of damage caused by COVID-19 has already spawned unique fact patterns and novel policy interpretation questions.

As the pandemic develops and insurance companies refine their denial arguments, the battle lines will be drawn. At present, however, there are as many questions as there are answers.

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Even for policyholders without communicable disease coverage extensions and with contamination exclusions listing “virus,” coverage may still be available.

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COVID-19 and Business Interruption: Some Losses Are Covered and Here’s Why

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After witnessing several years of decreases, commercial insurance buyers are facing rate increases not seen in almost two decades, adding to the hardships many are already experiencing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Industry experts expect price hikes to double for some premiums as insurers try to mitigate the impact the coronavirus on their revenue.

The outbreak has created a double whammy for insurers, with combined customer claims predicted to exceed US$100 billion and the volatile financial markets hitting reserves hard.

The industry had already seen a marked rise in insurance and reinsurance prices even before the pandemic struck, partly as a result of years of relatively expensive natural catastrophes and compensation payments.

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https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/us/news/breaking-news/some-premiums-set-to-double-as-hard-market-moves-in-223303.aspx?ref=insurancedailynews

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Capitol Preferred Insurance Co., one of the top writers of homeowners insurance in Florida, has received approval from the state’s insurance regulator to shed 23,800 policies just weeks before the start of hurricane season.

In a March 12 consent order, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation found that the early cancellation of the Capitol Preferred policies was necessary based on its magnitude of losses in 2017, 2018, and 2019, the increased cost of reinsurance and “to protect the best interests of the public and policyholders,” according to an OIR spokesperson.

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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/05/15/568657.htm

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According to the complaint, which was filed at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the defendants include Syndicates AFB 2623, AFB 623, APL 1969, ARG 2121, BRT 2987, BRT 2988, HIS 33, KLN 510, MMX 2010, MSP 318, NVA 2007, TRV 5000, and XLC 2003.

The class action argued: “Plaintiff’s policy does not contain any exclusion which would apply to allow defendants to deny coverage for losses caused by COVID-19 and related actions of civil authorities taken in response to COVID-19.

“Accordingly, because the policy is an all-risk policy and does not specifically exclude the losses that plaintiff has suffered, those losses are covered.”

 

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https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/us/news/breaking-news/lloyds-of-london-underwriters-rocked-by-another-covid19-class-action-lawsuit-221110.aspx?ref=insurancedailynews

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Unless the policy excludes pandemics, insurers should pay.

Trump spoke about the issue for a minute and a half during his daily coronavirus task force briefing after a reporter asked if he is concerned about growing credit card debt resulting from business closures. The president said that he was and that the White House has spoken to credit card companies about reducing interest rates.

Then he moved on to the subject of business-interruption insurance.

“You have people that have never asked for business-interruption insurance and they have been paying a lot of money for a lot of years for the privilege of having it and then when they finally need it, the insurance company says ‘We’re not going to give it,’” Trump said. “We can’t let that happen.”

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https://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2020/04/10/296516.htm

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If your carrier is experiencing 100% or more from claims last year, then expect huge rate hikes this year. Not counting Reinsurance hikes this summer, rates could jump 30-40% for the next 2 years!!! Do you need to shop your Insurance, Home, Auto, Life or Long Term Care, I can help you understand and shop rates, premiums, coverages or the lack thereof.

The long-awaited Demotech rating decisions for Florida domestic carriers are in, with many carriers having satisfied necessary steps to avoid ratings downgrades by the financial analysis firm.

After affirming a slew of companies in mid-March, Demotech announced April 2 that the remaining carriers that had yet to be decided were affirmed (see chart) because of enhancements to their business models

On March 30, Demotech affirmed the ‘A’ financial stability ratings of the following companies: Avatar Property & Casualty Insurance Co., Centauri Specialty Insurance Co., Cypress Property & Casualty, Safepoint Insurance Co., and Tower Hill Signature Insurance Co. Also affirmed were Tower Hill Select Insurance Co. and Omega Insurance Co., after their merger into Tower Hill Signature was approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation on March 25.

Since Demotech sounded the alarm in January that as many as 18 Florida carriers could see downgrades due to deteriorating insurance market conditions in the state, the ratings firm said several actions have been taken: one company was downgraded, one company was acquired by a carrier with an FSR of A; five companies were merged into carriers with FSRs of A, and an additional nine companies enhanced their business models.

The specific actions include:

  • Anchor P&C Assigned an FSR of M – ceased operations
  • Anchor Specialty FSR of A – Acquired by insurer with FSR of A
  • Omega FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Tower Hill Select FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Cypress TX FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Prepared FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A

Demotech said other carriers “aggressively enhanced the capability of their business models to respond to the anticipated continuation of jurisdictional and weather-related challenges, the substantial increase in reinsurance costs during 2019, the likely increase in the cost of reinsurance in 2020, and the cost of the Rapid Cash Buildup Program of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.”

Those companies include:

  • Centauri Specialty FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Centauri National FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Safepoint FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Gulfstream P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Avatar P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Capitol Preferred FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Security First FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Tower Hill Signature FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Cypress P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced

“Our view of Florida’s current residential property insurance marketplace is that the numerous financial and market based criteria that affect Florida residential property insurance have never been more difficult for carriers to navigate since we first rated Florida focused carriers in 1996. The marketplace as well as carrier-specific financial metrics drove the need to consider downgrades,” Demotech said in an April 2 report on its ratings decisions.

The ratings firm said it asked certain Florida insurers to provide projections of their year-end 2019 financials immediately after it finished reviewing third quarter results in November last year. At that time, it also asked those insurers to answer two questions based on the following Florida-specific circumstances: 1. the lingering impact of the judicial activism of the past; 2. the litany of named weather events; 3. increases in the cost of reinsurance, and 4. the specter of additional increases in the cost of reinsurance in 2020.

The questions posed to companies were:

  • Will you continue to be focused on residential property insurance in Florida?
  • If so, based upon the conditions in the marketplace and the operating results that will emanate from those conditions, how will you revise your business model, or otherwise position your company, to combat more of those same conditions in the future?

Demotech said carrier responses used to make ratings decisions included documentation of the company’s jurisdictional diversification, voluntary runoff, marketing existing books of business to other carriers, merging affiliates, or securing assistance.

“The management teams of these carriers have fought the conditions in the most difficult operating jurisdiction in the country to a draw,” the Demotech statement says. “They have addressed the needs of policyholders, investigated and settled claims, paid their employees, producers, and reinsurers, met with us, negotiated with reinsurers for their 2020 programs, and filed timely financial statements in an orderly manner.”

Demotech said it reviewed public and private financial information of companies, including:

  • Managing general agency contract and financial statements, when necessary
  • Holding company financial statements, when necessary
  • Actuarial reports and documents containing appreciably more detail than the actuarial opinion letter, which is a public document
  • Independent audits
  • Anticipated operating results in the form of pro forma financials in a prescribed format
  • Claims adjusting details and reports
  • Litigation services
  • Asset and investment management contracts
  • Disaster recovery plan
  • Catastrophe response plans
  • Catastrophe modelling output
  • A preliminary review of horizontal and vertical reinsurance programs
  • A final review of horizontal and vertical reinsurance programs
  • Review of rate level indications
  • Personal financial statements of key financial supporters.
  • On-site meetings with reinsurers
  • On-site meetings with companies\

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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/04/03/563193.htm

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34 Florida carriers have 100% or more claims to revenue last year in 2019. Some are as high as 120% of revenue. AOB has caused this problem with no end in sight for rate hikes. Carriers will start to non renew their books of business, older homes, homes with water damage claims. This will hit the housing market & 1st time Homebuyers chances to buy homes will be even more less likely. There was supposed to be a special session about just Insurance in Tallassee in mId March, but now w/ the COVID-19 break out, that session may never happen this year. Everyone needs to understand their Home Insurance policies, coverages or lack their of.

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Here is the beginning of 12 pages of information and charts & graphs,

 

Demotech set to reveal downgrades as
full-year results show Florida pain
Demotech has affirmed the majority of the 46 Florida homeowners specialists it rates with the
remaining carriers awaiting their fate as the agency completes its review of 2019 financials
that reveal widespread operating losses and actions to shore up balance sheets, The Insurer
can Demotech is the only firm that rates most of the Florida specialists and its financial strength
ratings are critical to them because lenders typically require insurance policies bought by
homeowners in the state to be from A rated carriers.
As previously reported, in January this year the ratings agency warned of a potential slew of
downgrades in response to a range of macroeconomic and unique state specific issues faced
by Florida-focused carriers.
And analysis by this publication reveals 36 out of 46 companies we compiled data on from
2019 statutory annual statements fell to an operating loss in 2019. A total of 34 of the carriers
reported combined ratios of over 100, with 14 at over 120 percent.reveal.

 

 

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