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Insurer: LTC Claimants Are Outliving Projections

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Penn Treaty American Corp. may have to add $30 million to long term care insurance claim reserves.

Penn Treaty, Allentown, Pa., says it is postponing release of its 2005 financial results while it reviews its reserves for current claims.

The company says a study of policyholders on claim suggests that policyholders who remain on claim beyond 3 years are living longer than originally assumed.

The change to current claim reserves should not hurt Penn Treaty’s statutory surplus, because Penn Treaty reinsures the majority of its existing business, the company says.

In the future, Penn Treaty may have to raise rates or take other steps to address the effects of reduced mortality on policies in force, Penn Treaty says.