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Workers Comp Pricing: Coverage Getting More Expensive as Market Shifts

Employers are facing increasing costs for workers compensation coverage, while insurance underwriters are less willing to offer guaranteed-cost policies, which cap an employer’s premiums regardless of adverse loss experience.

  1. Identify & Analyze

    Insurance policy prices rise while availability shrinks

  2. Evaluate & Implement

    Optimizing coverage programs in challenging market conditions

  3. Monitor & Adjust

    Proven Practices to Reduce Work Comp Costs

The stand-alone, excess workers compensation market is presenting significant challenges for some buyers, as insurers demand higher attachment points and higher prices. ›› More

Employers renewing their workers compensation policies likely will pay more for the coverage as claims costs rise and insurers' combined ratios deteriorate, experts say. ›› More

Employers with poor loss histories will pay even more for their workers comp coverage starting next year as most states change the way premiums are calculated. ›› More

An increasing number of U.S. employers seeking workers compensation insurance coverage are getting pushed into their states' markets of last resort as insurers walk away from riskier, less profitable accounts. ›› More

Workers compensation insurers are handing significant price increases to renewing California policyholders, while confusion reigns over whether new reforms will hold down rates, observers said. ›› More

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"The Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Workers Compensation"

Various sources are putting upward pressure on the cost of workers comp insurance. A recent NCCI Holdings, Inc. “Gauging the Economy” newsletter, for instance, states that

Workers compensation insurance prices are increasing, substantially in some cases, and policy offerings are diminishing as insurers seek to address unprofitable combined ratios amid rising indemnity and medical costs. ›› More

Interest in captive insurer arrangements among middle-market insurance buyers is booming as the traditional insurance market hardens for certain lines of casualty coverage, captive experts say. ›› More

A number of factors are motivating insurers to seek higher workers compensation rates and premiums, as they struggle to reduce their workers comp costs in this transitioning market. Christopher Flatt and Claude Yoder of Marsh Inc. describe how analytics can play an important role in employers' efforts to improve their companies' risk profiles and ultimately be favorably differentiated by insurers. ›› More

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"How Experience Modification Affects Your Premium"

With workers compensation insurance prices rising employers should understand how underwriters use an experience modification or “ex mod” factor to set the price an employer must pay for a policy. Employers should also understand how…

With prices for guaranteed-cost workers compensation insurance rising, employers weighing whether to assume greater risk by moving to a large deductible plan might consider Ganahl Lumber Co.'s success record. ›› More

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