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Administrative Rate Hearings
Pinnacle has developed an excellent working knowledge of state rate regulatory requirements and in challenging states such as California, Florida and Texas.
In California, Pinnacle has provided expert witness testimony in support of insurer rate requests on numerous occasions, covering issues such as the treatment of reinsurance costs in catastrophe ratemaking, auto classification plans and appropriate trends for auto insurance.
In Florida, Pinnacle consultants have assisted insurers with homeowner rate filings before the Office of Insurance Regulation addressing such issues as territorial ratemaking, catastrophe loads and appropriate trend selections.
In Texas, Pinnacle provided expert witness testimony to the Insurance Commissioner as part of the 2003 rate regulatory reforms. Since then, Pinnacle has assisted insurers with contested personal lines rate requests.
Minnesota Automobile No-Fault Impact Analyses
The Insurance Federation of Minnesota retained Pinnacle in 2006 to conduct an independent actuarial study to determine the possible cost implications of changing Minnesota’s current no-fault law. The scenarios were:
Territory / Summit Analysis
The insurer had not reviewed or adjusted their territorial boundaries in several years; and their current territories were not based upon an analysis of their underlying loss experience.
Pinnacle began with an evaluation of available insurer and external industry data at the ZIP code level as well as their current and future policy processing capabilities. After all of the experience data was adjusted to a common base level, we used our Summit® software product to smooth the data to develop an initial adjusted pure premium by ZIP code to reflect both experience in a ZIP code and in neighboring ZIP codes. The number of additional neighboring ZIP codes used was dependent upon attaining a sufficient exposure level.
The smoothed data was then clustered using Summit® on both a contiguous and non-contiguous basis. The insurer needed to decide whether to maintain relatively contiguous definitions or use more granular and theoretically accurate non-contiguous definitions. Using statistical measures, we identified and graphed optimal definition sets. Non-contiguous definitions were selected by the client. To minimize the number of territories with a limited geographic area or only a few ZIP codes, some manual combination of “outlying” ZIP codes with territories (clusters) with similar adjusted pure premiums was performed.
Finally, we assisted the insurer in developing the necessary filing support material to gain approval. The new program is generating new business in areas of historical profitability but previously less than average competiveness.
At Pinnacle, we partner with you to explore whatever path it takes to find the answers you need.
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