Gen Re Announces U.S. Medicare Supplement Market Survey 2019 Results


Ausgabe: October 2020 | Life/Health North America

In-force premium grew by 5.8% over 2018 for participating companies.

Portland, Maine, October 1, 2020 – 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 2019. Eighty-five companies are represented in the report, including those with blocks of business that are currently open or closed, with most companies (71%) managing a combination of both. Excluding Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, Gen Re estimates that the survey includes approximately 89% of the Medicare Supplement market.

Key results from this year’s survey include:

  • Across all participants, $23.3 billion in total Medicare Supplement in-force premium was reported for 2019, an increase of 5.8% over reported results for 2018.
  • For companies actively selling and reporting premium and lives for both 2017 and 2018, sales premium and lives grew by 21.0% and 12.8%, respectively.
  • Lapse rates averaged 10.6% for open blocks of business and 14.0% for closed blocks in 2019.
  • Plan G was the most popular plan sold in 2019, accounting for 54.2% of new sales premium and 55.5% of new lives.
  • Nearly 61% 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 6% 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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