What You Need to Know
- Genworth reported $192 million in net income for the fourth quarter of 2021.
- The new Genworth LTC business would start out passing on 75% of the insurance risk to a reinsurer.
- Genworth would sell LTC products only in states that let it adjust the product premiums every year.
Genworth Financial is continuing to move ahead with plans to start selling new, stand-alone long-term care (LTC) benefits products, according to CEO Tom McInerney.
On Wednesday, McInerney said during a conference call with securities analysts that the product menu could include “a new LTC product,” hybrid products and a “non-guaranteed LTC benefit product.”
He did not say whether the hybrid products would provide LTC benefits through a combination with a life insurance policy, an annuity contract, or both life insurance policies and annuity contracts.
However, he acknowledged that concerns about the financial strength of Genworth’s existing stand-alone long-term care insurance (LTCI) business could affect the viability of new LTC products.
“As a result, since last year, we have been working with a third-party reinsurer with an A plus rating from AM Best,” McInerney said. “And we have a new Genworth insurance company, which will only write new business and will not have any legacy LTC business.”
The new Genworth insurer will likely retain 25% of the risk associated with the new LTC policies sold and reinsure 75% with the A-plus-rated reinsurer, McInerney said.
“We expect the level of reinsurance to be reduced to 50% over time,” he added.
Genworth expects to begin by selling the first LTC product only in states that let it change the premiums every year, rather than following the rate stabilization rules that have applied to traditional stand-alone LTCI policies.
“I believe that these innovative forward-thinking states can help rebuild a robust long-term care insurance market that contributes to solving the massive long-term care funding crisis based in the country and that is at the core of Genworth’s multifaceted growth initiatives,” McInerney said.
McInerney talked about Genworth’s LTC market re-entry plans during a call the company held to go over its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2021 with the securities analysts. The call was streamed live on the web, and it posted a recording of the call on its website.
General Electric created Genworth to serve as the home for most of its life, health and annuity operations.
Companies in the GE insurance business were major life and annuity issuers, which helped create the modern U.S. LTCI market. It’s now providing LTCI coverage for 1 million people and paying benefits to 46,730 claimants.