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APRIL 20, 2021 10:23 AM (EDT)

Best’s Commentary: U.S. P/C Insurers Returned Nearly $13 Billion in Premiums in 2020 as COVID-19 Reduces Exposure

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OLDWICK - APRIL 20, 2021 10:23 AM (EDT)
U.S. property/casualty (P/C) insurers reported returned premiums of over $12.9 billion in 2020 associated with reduced exposures stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an AM Best commentary.

AM Best reviewed the 2020 statutory statement and related footnote disclosures for more than 2,600 U.S. P/C insurers. In its Best’s Commentary, “Property/Casualty Insurers Return Nearly $13 Billion in Premiums as COVID-19 Reduces Exposure,” AM Best states that while line of business was not always disclosed, the most prevalent line was related to automobile coverage. Stay-at-home restrictions reduced the amount of travel, thereby reducing exposure for automobile insurers. Other lines of business substantially affected by COVID-19 include general liability, workers’ compensation, event cancellation and inland marine. Where stated, 15% appears to be the most common return of premium, with some returns as high as 35%, over the time period. Some insurers, while not returning premiums, allowed forbearance measures such as extended payment terms for premiums and suspended terminations for late or non-payments.

The commentary also includes a detailed listing of the insurers that returned premiums in 2020 as a result of the pandemic. Comparable amounts also are shown for the first six months of 2020 versus the full year.

To access the full copy of this commentary, please visit .

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