Gen Re Announces U.S. Medicare Supplement Market Survey 2018 Results


Ausgabe: September 2019 | Life/Health North America

In-force premium grew by 6.6% over 2017 for participating companies.

For immediate release
September 26, 2019

Portland, Maine, September 26, 2019 – Gen Re has released results of this year’s U.S. Medicare Supplement Market Survey, its annual industry benchmarking survey covering in-force, new sales, business performance, claim trends, lapse rates and rate filings for the U.S. market in 2018. Eighty-four companies are represented in this year’s report, including those with blocks of business that are currently open or closed, with most companies managing a combination of both.

Key results from this year’s survey include:

  • Across all participants, $24.2 billion in total Medicare Supplement in-force premium was reported for 2018, a growth rate of 6.6% over 2017 results.
  • For companies actively selling and reporting premium and lives for both 2017 and 2018, sales premium and lives declined by 3.2% and 3.7%, respectively.
  • Lapse rates averaged 9.8% for open blocks of business and 14.7% for closed blocks in 2018.
  • Plan F continues to be the most popular plan when looking at all in-force business; however, in 2018 Plans F & G each accounted for 40% of new sales. This would seem to be a proactive move by distribution to address the January 1, 2020 MACRA changes.
  • Over half of the active companies who participated in the survey report selling Medicare Supplement plans on a direct-to-consumer basis (via phone, mail, online or a combination of these methods where a traditional agent receiving traditional paid compensation is not involved), and 10% are looking to develop this capability.

The Market Survey is an annual benchmark survey produced by Gen Re, with the full results available only to participating companies. A summary report is available online at


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