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Long-Lived Disability Claimants Pinch Assurant Benefits Results

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Health insurance loss ratios fell but long-term disability insurance loss ratios rose at Assurant Inc. during the second quarter.[@@]

Assurant, New York, is reporting $128 million in net income for the latest quarter on $1.9 billion in revenue, up from $95 million in net income on $1.8 billion in revenue for the second quarter of 2004.

Net operating income at the company’s health insurance unit increased 24%, to $49 million, because of a relatively low ratio of claims to premium revenue.

Net operating income at the benefits unit decreased 30%, to $9.8 million. One reason for the drop was a “decrease in claim closures caused largely by fewer deaths among disabled insureds,” Assurant says in a discussion of its results.