USAA home insurance is more expensive than guarantee
USAA is the latest company to report a big jump in the cost of home insurance coverage, as the Affordable Care Act’s health care overhaul comes into full force.
USAA reported its full-year results today.
In its most recent quarter, USAA’s premium for a policy with a maximum premium of $5,000 per policyholder went up a whopping $1,958, according to the company’s statement.
That’s a jump of almost 7,000%.
USAA said its total coverage for policyholders was $17.2 trillion, which is a 3.3% increase over the year before.
That means the premium jump is “at least twice as large” as the average premium for USAA policies, USAMarkets senior vice president of corporate finance Matt Johnson said in a statement.
USAA has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Affordable Health Care Act, which will allow people to buy insurance policies through federally run exchanges.
In fact, USAHCA’s cost increase is so large that the insurer is likely to face a net loss of revenue in the first quarter.
That could put USAA in a financial hole as it struggles to pay back its loan.USAA CEO Michael J. Ostermann, who left the company in May to take a job at a large hedge fund, said the policy changes “will have a major impact” on its future.
He told investors that the premium hike was due in part to “increased demand for our home insurance products” because “we continue to invest in our policies to provide our customers with the best possible rate and coverage.”USAA, a nonprofit health insurance company that provides policies to individuals and small businesses, said it plans to spend $1.4 billion in 2017 to help people buy insurance, including $600 million in 2017 for a new health insurance benefit program called the Home Affordable Protection Program.USAMarket analyst Craig Bannister said USAA was “very likely” to lose a third of its revenue as the health care law’s coverage expansion kicks in.
That would be a big loss for the insurer, which has been in a losing streak of late.
The insurer has already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is also considering restructuring, Bannisters said.USAHCA, which was launched in January, allows individuals to buy coverage from a pool of companies that are either fully or partially owned by the government.
In other words, USACA’s insurance benefits don’t depend on the health status of the individual.
That has allowed USAA to provide cheaper coverage to some people.USAMA is an alternative to USAHCAs main benefits, including dental coverage, maternity care, mental health and prescription drug coverage.
Its coverage will be available to all American households starting in 2019, and it will also be available through the ACA exchanges in 2019.USAMI, another nonprofit insurance company, has seen a similar increase in the number of policies it offers.
The company said it expects to see an average premium increase of more than 10% in the year ahead.