Gen Re Announces U.S. Medicare Supplement Market Survey 2016/2017 Results


Ausgabe: October 2017 | Life/Health North America

For immediate release
October 4, 2017

Portland, ME, October 4, 2017 … Gen Re has released results of this year’s U.S. Medicare Supplement Market Survey, its annual industry benchmarking survey covering in-force, sales, business performance, claim trends, lapse rates and rate filings for the U.S. market. Eighty-one companies are represented in this year’s report, reflecting those who are managing closed blocks, actively selling or a combination.

According to participants, 2016 sales and in-force premium growth was positive, affirming the ongoing growth expected for this market given the increasing number of Medicare-eligible people in the U.S.

Key results from this year’s report include:

  • $21.7 billion in total Medicare Supplement in-force premium was reported for 2016, a growth rate of 7.4%.
  • For those companies who reported premium and lives for both 2015 and 2016, annualized sales premium continues to grow. Their sales premium growth rate was 6.9%.
  • Average lapse rates remained consistent at 10.9% in 2016.

Also, over half of those selling Medicare Supplement reported doing so direct-to-consumer (via phone, mail, online or a combination of these methods where a traditional agent receiving traditional paid compensation is not involved).

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