Assigned Risk Plan


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Assigned Risk Plan

1. An insurance plan for drivers who otherwise would not be able to obtain automobile insurance. Each state in the U.S. requires insurers to offer automobile assigned risk insurance, at a higher premium than traditional insurance. States assign uninsurable drivers to insurance companies, which must provide coverage. This helps people who, by law, must obtain automobile insurance, but are unable to do so because of poor driving records or other reasons. Critics contend it drives up premiums for all policyholders.

2. In workers' compensation, an insurance plan for workers who perform labor considered so hazardous that an insurance company ordinarily would not insure the worker's place of employment. As with automobiles, states assign uninsurable workers to insurance companies, which must provide coverage, often at higher premiums.
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In contrast, insurers participating in an assigned risk plan pay claims with their own financial resources and consequently have no more incentive to be generous in the adjudication of claims than they are with their private market insureds.
And the refusal of voluntary insurance carriers to write small policies has pushed more employers into the assigned risk plan.
As a result, the percentage of New York drivers in the assigned risk plan began to decline once again in 2004 to what the department believes will be a historically low level.
The state Insurance Department is trying to do something to correct the imbalance caused by the assigned risk plan.
based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, provides disability and absence management services, primarily directed at workers' compensation to: (i) employers insured through our wholly-owned insurance subsidiaries, American Compensation Insurance Company and Bloomington Compensation Insurance Company; (ii) self-insured employers on a fee-for-service basis; (iii) state assigned risk plans on a percent of premium basis; (iv) other insurance companies; and (v) agents and employers on a consulting basis, charging hourly fees.
In fact, since the Romney-Healey Administration first presented their assigned risk plan in 2004, insurance premiums have fallen markedly and are expected to fall again in 2007, while the residual market deficit has plummeted and fraud fighting initiatives have proven extremely successful.
Other states that have gone to less regulated markets have seen their assigned risk plans shrink.
The existence of this exemption allows companies to exchange critical data regarding losses and other factors, facilitates the development and operation of assigned risk plans, facilitates participation and oversight of state guarantee funds, permits state control over liquidations of insurers, and promotes competition in the marketplace," Gackenbach says.
It is also a nationwide third-party administrator of workers' compensation and property/liability claims, and the nation's second largest servicing carrier for workers' compensation assigned risk plans, now serving plans in 20 states.
Burnes, however, has said she has seen no evidence to support claims that the assigned risk plans would grow that large.
This business consists of automobile, homeowners and package personal lines products, as well as two insurance reciprocals, New Jersey Skylands Insurance Association and Adirondack Insurance Exchange, but excludes AutoOne, a limited assigned distribution/commercial servicing carrier for assigned risk plans and take-out business.
In a state represented by one association, issues like no-fault and assigned risk plans are discussed with all members and the association's position is based on the decision of the board made up solely of voting members who represent the overall membership.