NT-proBNP and Life Insurance Underwriting

Sometimes when we introduce a new requirement or get challenged by an agent or broker about the use of a test, it’s helpful to have a generic document to explain in simple terms what it is and why

MIB Mortality Risk Analysis Committee: Diabetes Study (Video)

This video presents findings from a recent study on diabetes conducted by the MIB Mortality Risk Analysis Committee.

4 Misconceptions about Marijuana and Life Insurance

With just about half of America's states legalizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, insurance carriers have changed their underwriting approach for these types of cases.

Proton Beam Radiation Therapy (SCOR inFORM)

This article focuses on Proton Beam Radiation Therapy: its history, how it works, its use in the treatment of different cancers, and implications for insurers.

Social Media – Aiding Claim Investigations (Hannover Re)

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.

Global Update: Pressures & Possibilities (LOMA Resource)

What effect will economic headwinds, Brexit, systemic importance, frontier markets and more have on life insurance companies around the world?

A Guide to Simplified Underwriting

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.

Presentations from the 2016 SEHOUA Meeting

Slides from the 2016 SEHOUA Meeting have been posted. They include:

  1. Betsy Sears – “Young Kids, Old Bodies”
  2. Dr. Stout – “Drugs and Alcohol – The Landscape”
  3. Dr. Titcomb - “Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW): An Underappreciated Marker for Increased Mortality
  4. Mike Clift – “Motor Vehicle Reports and Driving Criticism Trends, Technology and Terminology”
  5. Dr. Greene - "Prostate Cancer: A Decade of Change"
  6. Dr. Dave Rengachary - “Advances in Multiple Sclerosis”
  7. Dr. Rooney – Genetics: A Discussion of How our Genes Impact Mortality”
  8. Ron Schaber, Philip R. Murphy and Greg Brandner - “Big Data Today and Tomorrow – the drive toward fully underwritten pricing”

Life Insurance: You Can Lose Out Just Being Associated with Pot

A few weeks ago, Derek Peterson got a letter from Mutual of Omaha, turning him down for life insurance.

Automated Underwriting for the Future

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.

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