A Midwestern insurer says it wants to place responsibility for a long term care insurance subsidiary in the hands of a trust.
Conseco Inc., Carmel, Ind., says it will be applying to Pennsylvania Insurance Department regulators for permission to transfer Conseco Senior Health Insurance Company, and about $2.9 billion in Conseco Senior Health assets, to a new entity, the Senior Health Care Oversight Trust.
The trust would be an independent trust that would run the Conseco Senior Health operations for the exclusive benefit of Conseco Senior Health’s long term care insurance policyholders, Conseco says.
Conseco hopes to complete the deal by Dec. 31.
In addition to transferring financial assets, liabilities and business assets to the trust, Conseco would contribute $175 million in additional capital to Conseco Senior Health and the independent trust, the company says, giving Conseco Senior Health access to a total of about $300 million in adjusted statutory capital.
Conseco Senior Health Insurance Company would become Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania.
John Wells, president of Conseco Senior Health, would be president of Senior Health Insurance, Conseco says.
Before Wells began working for Conseco in 2004, he was an executive at Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Omaha, Neb. He holds the Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Life Underwriter professional designations.
Conseco plans to record about $504 million in accounting charges related to the deal in the second quarter, and $654 million in additional charges by the time it completes the deal, the company says.
The deal should be good both for the 142,000 Conseco Senior Health policyholders and Conseco’s 4 million other policyholders, says Conseco Chief Executive James Prieur.