What You Need to Know
- The U.S. issuers that participated in the Gen Re survey sold about 2 million new critical illness policies in 2020.
- The sales generated about $562 million in new annualized premiums.
- Average benefit amounts ranged from $12,000 to about $22,000, depending on policy type.
Sales of U.S. critical illness insurance may have increased in 2019 and 2020, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Analysts at Gen Re have included data supporting that possibility in a new U.S. critical illness insurance market update.
A U.S. critical illness insurance policy pays a set amount of cash to an insured person with a specific health problem, such as having suffered a stroke or a heart attack, or has kidney failure or cancer.
Thirty-nine insurers participated in Gen Re’s latest critical illness insurance market survey.
The insurers actively marketing coverage said they generated about $562 million in new annualized premiums in 2020 from selling 2 million critical illness insurance policies.
Insurers in the market in both 2019 and 2020 said that premiums from new sales increased 3% and that the number of policies sold increased 6%.