Insurers refunded $1.2 billion to California policyholders as of June 26, according to actuarial firm Perr & Knight.
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) ordered the refunds to drivers and businesses in the state affected by the COVID-19 emergency. The companies were required to file reports outlining the details of their response to COVID-19.
CDI recently made these reports public, and Perr & Knight, which specializes in rate filings, published an analysis. Here are some key takeaways:
California’s reports have information on the number and percentage of policyholders affected. If the state is a guide, EVERY person with a personal auto insurance policy got a break on premiums, as well as millions of other policyholders, according to James Lynch, Triple-I’s chief actuary.
Private auto insurance customers received the largest share of the refunds – a little over $1 billion. Commercial auto customers received about $33 million in refunds, and workers compensation customers received $82.7 million.
Commercial multi-peril clients received $11.2 million, commercial liability $7.2 million and medical malpractice $10.3 million.
The reports also have data on payment deferrals (grace periods), which is something that has been underrecognized, in part because it was so hard to quantify.
U.S. auto insurers will return over $10 billion to their
customers nationwide, according to an Insurance Information Institute estimate, in response to reduced driving during the
We’ve listed many of the companies that are offering refunds here and here. These lists are not
exhaustive, so be sure to check with your insurer to see if they are offering
refunds or credits. All
premium and rate adjustments are subject to regulatory approval.
On May 5, Allstate
Corp. CEO Tom Wilson said the
insurer would probably grant another rebate to auto insurance customers. The second round of rebates would vary
according to region. On April 6, the insurer announced that it would return
more than $600 million in premiums to its policyholders because the nation’s
drivers were traveling 40 percent to 55 percent fewer miles following
stay-at-home orders. Wilson noted that American drivers are now traveling more
miles than in mid-April, but the total is still 30 percent to 40 percent lower
than before the pandemic. Wilson said the next refund would be more precise and
that Allstate is now distributing the initial payback, which represents 15
percent of monthly premiums in April and May.
Horace Mann, a provider of affordable insurance for educators,
is giving customers a credit of 15 percent of two months of auto premiums, as
well as a grace period through June on auto, property, supplemental and life
insurance payments; enhancing coverages, including extending personal auto
coverage to those delivering food, medicine, and other essential goods; and
including Identity Fraud Advocacy Services with its Educator Advantage Program
for all home, condo, and renters customers to protect against the increased
risk due to increased online activity.
Other customer support programs
adding gift card and gift certificate reimbursement coverage to the company’s
ErieSecure Home® policies, in response to the recent changes affecting
businesses across the United States. The additional feature, included at no
additional cost, would reimburse customers for remaining balances on eligible
gift cards that no longer can be used at independently owned and operated local
businesses due to business closures.
Foremost Insurance and Bristol West Insurance, members of
the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, announced they have
contributed $500,000 to the Trusted
Choice COVID-19 Relief Fund established by the Independent Insurance
Agents & Brokers of America, Inc. (IIABA – Big “I”). The Fund
provides economic aid to independent insurance agencies, brokerages, and their
owners and employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Horace Mann donated $100,000 to DonorsChoose “Keep Kids
Learning” fund, an initiative to help teachers equip the most vulnerable
students with educational materials at home. The company provides free online
teaching resources, to help teachers adapt to remote learning, and it supports
a number of foundations in its home state of Illinois.
Reach out to us in the Comments section and let us know what
your company is doing to help ease the impact of COVID-19.