Introduction CEA created by Statute during 1995/1996 in wake of Northridge Earthquake Voluntary coverage for consumers Carriers may elect to join the CEA and offer CEA coverage or their own policy CEA authorized to sell “Basic Residential Earthquake Insurance” Rates are required to remain actuarially sound
Mission Statement: The California Earthquake Authority is a privately funded, publicly managed organization that provides Californians the ability to protect themselves, their homes, and their loved ones from earthquake loss. In support of this mission, the CEA is committed to: Provide actuarially sound insurance coverage, while striving to make policies available and competitively priced; Assure the Authority’s readiness and capability to handle claims promptly, fairly, and consistently; Educate Californians about earthquake risk and options available to them to reduce that risk; Provide tools and incentives for earthquake loss reduction and retrofitting; Use the best science available; Collaborate with organizations operating in the public interest that can help achieve the CEA’s goals.
Allstate Insurance Company Armed Forces Insurance Exchange Automobile Club of Southern California California FAIR Plan CSAA Encompass Insurance (formerly CNA) Farmers Group Homesite Insurance of California Liberty Mutual Merastar Mercury Prudential State Farm USAA Workmen’s Auto Insurance Current CEA Member Companies
1.Multiple reviews conducted by California State Auditor; Tillinghast-Towers Perrin; CEA Staff. 2.Independent review team formed to answer specific questions: (a)How much claim-paying capacity (CPC) is appropriate and what is an acceptable “survivability ratio?” (b)What “types” of claim-paying capacity are best for CEA? Debt Risk Transfer Assessment Authority against PI’s (c)Where can it be purchased? Reinsurance Market Capital Markets Commercial Banks Other
Common Concern: Heavy Dependence on Reinsurance Market Presently approximately 40% of CEA’s $7.2 billion of Claims-Paying Capacity derived from the reinsurance market: — $1.434 billion First Reinsurance Layer. — $538 million Second Reinsurance Layer. — Majority of the Committed Castrophe Contract (debt/Line Of Credit Layer).
Second Industry Assessment Layer $1,456M $338M Fourth Reinsurance Layer $616M Line of Credit – Interim GRB Financing $600M First Reinsurance Layer $100M Pre-Event General Revenue Bond Layer $400M Second Reinsurance Layer First Industry Assessment Layer $2,183M $1,110M Capital and Retained Earnings $350M Minimum Statutory Capital $5,547M $717M*** $4,393M $4,293M $3,893M $3,293M $7,003M* $5,009M $200M Transformer Reinsurance Layer $5,209M CEA Financial Structure - Proposed at 1/1/03 Second Industry Assessment Layer $1,456M $538M Second Reinsurance Layer $717M CCC Layer** - Interim GRB Financing First Reinsurance Layer $1,434M $844M Capital and Retained Earnings $350M Minimum Statutory Capital $7,172M* First Industry Assessment Layer $2,183M $5,716M $4,461M $5,178M $3,027M $844M CEA Financial Structure - at 12/31/01 *Excluding the $350 million Minimum Statutory Capital, total claim-paying capacity at 12/31/01 is $7.172 billion; proposed claims-paying capacity at 1/1/03 is $7.003 billion.
Proposed New Rating Plan By Location Increase rate categories for dwelling rates from territories to bands – Move away from current contiguous structure – Balance need to move toward a more refined band structure against premium dislocations - Responds to prior criticisms of potential adverse selection - Recognizes impacts on policyholders
Proposed New Deductibles 20% deductible – 25% discount from base policy 25% deductible – 44% discount from base policy
CEA Marketing Plan The Marketing Mission: In partnership with the professional expertise of its participating insurers, the CEA will make earthquake insurance broadly available – informed consumers can make informed decisions whether to buy earthquake insurance. The Marketing Strategy Marketing aims to help the CEA make its products more broadly available and increase sales. The proposed CEA marketing strategy is focused on helping participating insurers do three things: Improve customer communications, create effective sales tools and boost product knowledge of sales representatives. The CEA and its member companies will provide every agent with an indepth knowledge of CEA earthquake insurance. Every customer should have ample information to decide whether they should purchase earthquake insurance. The goal: To reach a point where no customer can say, “I wish I had known about earthquake insurance.”
CEA Marketing Plan Objectives 1.In the 12 months beginning October 2002, each participating insurer will increase its earthquake market penetration rate* by two percent. 2.Secure from each participating insurer a written commitment that it will make earthquake insurance broadly available, increase the marketing of CEA products and target growth. 3.Hands-on help so that each participating insurer can develop an effective marketing plan. 4.Develop and distribute monthly reports to track participating insurer sales results. * Market penetration rate is defined as the percent of CEA earthquake policies written, relative to the total number of residential properties in force.
CEA Marketing Plan (continued) 5.Create sales materials that participating insurers can use to educate consumers and increase earthquake insurance sales. 6.Expand training programs and make them Web-based to enhance sales reps’ and agents’ sales expertise. 7.Formally evaluate CEA products and analyze their pricing. 8.Contact non-CEA-member companies for possible inclusion in the CEA.