The information people post online can tell a somewhat different story than what is being presented to doctors and insurers on a claimant statement or application, and can be used in conjunction with other facts to adjudicate claims or when underwriting an applicant.
Over the years, insurance carriers have sought to underwrite and issue more policies in less time and at lower costs. Many insurance advisors might also say that today’s full underwriting process is not only long, but can be daunting for the advisor as well as the applicant. As a result, many insurance carriers have been developing products with simplified underwriting. This article discusses the main approaches to simplified underwriting, their advantages, and associated risks, and how insurers can mitigate these risks.
Digitalization and the spread of the internet and mobile technology have impacted a number of industries in recent years, often transforming them beyond recognition. There is little doubt that technology will have an enormous impact also on the insurance industry over the next decade, across the value chain from product development and underwriting through to distribution, services and claims. In the near term, the largest impact is likely to be on underwriting and distribution.