Insurance Company COI Increases

It has been almost a year since COI increases were announced by TransAmerica. Since that time several other carriers have announced increases and LexServ has analyzed over 1,000 policies that were affected by an increase (COI, monthly charge, premium charge). The magnitude of the increases has ranged from 5% to over 200%, with nearly 300 policies having increases in excess of 50%. The following table summarizes the increases by carrier:

Parent Company Carrier(s) Range % of Increase
Transamerica (1)
August 2015
Transamerica 5% to 47%
Legal & General
August 2015
Banner Life, William Penn 10% to over 200%
Jackson National
August 2015
Reassure America 30% to 40%
AXA Financial
September 2015
US Financial Life 6% to 40%
Voya
October 2015
ReliaStar,
Security Life of Denver
5% to 45%
AXA Financial
March 2016
AXA Equitable 27% for issue age 70+
68% for issue age 80+
Transamerica (2)
March 2016
Transamerica 21% to 100%
Conseco
March 2016
Conseco  No Impacted Policies
Lincoln Financial Group
June 2016
 Lincoln Life & Annuity Co. of NY 14% to 52% (in progress)

In most cases the insurance companies have directed the increases to selected products. The exception to date is AXA Equitable where the target was based on product, issue age, and face amount. The AXA increases for the Athena UL II product apply to policies with $1 Million or more in face amount, and they vary by insured issue age. Policies with an issue age of 70 to 79 result in increases of approximately 27%, while those with an issue age of 80 and above result in 68% increases.

Policies with Secondary Guarantees, either Shadow Accounts or Minimum Premium Guarantees, may allow investors to lessen or eliminate the impact of the increases. LexServ has identified approximately 150 such policies issued by Voya, AXA, or Banner. Our analysis process ensures we take every advantage of these policy options.

Confirming impacted policies has required a fair amount of perseverance as the carriers have not always been compliant or responsive when sending the increase notices or updated in-force illustrations. LexServ has used our product database and policy information in ServiceTrack to identify potentially impacted policies, and then proactively contacted the carrier to confirm increases and obtain the necessary information for impact analysis. We will continue this approach should any other increases be announced in the future.

It has been almost a year since COI increases were announced by TransAmerica. Since that time several other carriers have announced increases and LexServ has analyzed over 1,000 policies that were affected by an increase (COI, monthly charge, premium charge). The magnitude of the increases has ranged... 

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