A redesigned ReFlections highlights insights from RGA Vice President and Medical Director Dr. Daniel D. Zimmerman into the 'new frontier' of hepatitis C. Mark Dion, RGA Vice President, Global Underwriting Strategic Innovation, explores the quantified self movement. A new column, ReCite, links to medical articles for insurance professionals, and the edition features a report on mortality and longevity research funded by The Longer Life Foundation, which is supported by RGA and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Life insurers adopted the Body Mass Index (BMI) in the 1980s to help determine an applicant’s weight class. According to the World Health Organization, an individual with a BMI of 30 or more is obese; if their BMI is over 40, the person is morbidly obese.
The Reinsurance Section, Product Development Section and the Committee on Life Insurance Research announce the release of a new report that investigates life and annuity living benefit riders and their implications from both a direct writer and a reinsurer perspective
Disasters like the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 and natural catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina emphasize the value of reinsurance. These events resulted in large exposures, with direct writers resorting to reinsurance to spread the risk. That is how reinsurance started, as a risk management tool. Over the years, it has evolved, offering numerous benefits for insurance companies, including access to information, relationships, and expertise that can yield greater benefits in the claim adjudication process.