Articles by Andrew G. Simpson

Travelers Predictive Model Helps Injured Workers Avoid Chronic Pain, Opioid Use

The country’s largest workers’ compensation insurer said it has developed a model to predict the likelihood of an injured worker developing chronic pain. The model can them help the workers take steps to avoid chronic pain in recovery and reduce …

K2 Insurance Acquires MGA, Launches Workers’ Comp, Accident Program with QBE

Program specialist K2 Insurance Services (K2) has acquired a New Jersey managing general agency specializing in workers’ compensation alternatives and also launched a nationwide workers’ compensation program with another Kentucky program manager and QBE North America. K2, which was formed …

Uncertainties Outweigh Growth Benefits When P/C Insurers Take On Too Much Cyber Risk, Rating Agency Warns

If they are not careful, property/casualty insurers could jeopardize their credit ratings with their expansion into standalone cyber insurance, a rating agency has warned. Cyber attacks pose dangerous risks and uncertainty within many industries, and thus “aggressive expansion” by insurers …

Zurich Completes Acquisition of RCIS Crop Insurance Business from Wells Fargo

Zurich American Insurance Co. said it has completed its acquisition of Rural Community Insurance Agency (RCIA) and its subsidiary Rural Community Insurance Co. (RCIC) from Wells Fargo Insurance for $700 million. The two crop businesses, which are collectively known as …

Startup Slice, Offering Insurance for On-Demand Workers, Raises $3.9M

Slice Labs Inc., an instech startup set to launch an on-demand platform to sell insurance to participants in the on-demand economy, said it has secured $3.9 million in seed funding led by Horizons Ventures and XL Innovate. The Slice on-demand …

Most Doctors Overprescribe Opioids: National Safety Council

Most doctors– 99 percent — are prescribing highly addictive opioid medicines for longer than the three-day period recommended, according to a national survey. Twenty-three percent prescribe at least a month’s worth of opioids. Also, according to the survey by the …

Rating Agency Warns P/C Insurers on Taking On Too Much Cyber Risk

If they are not careful, property/casualty insurers could jeopardize their credit ratings with their expansion into standalone cyber insurance, a rating agency has warned. Cyber attacks pose dangerous risks and uncertainty within many industries and thus “aggressive expansion” by insurers …

New Chubb’s O’Brien Traverses High Wire of Integrating High Net Worth Businesses

Its acquisition of Fireman’s Fund’s business in April, 2015 provided ACE Ltd. with an idea of what’s involved in integrating two leading high net worth insurance businesses. Frances D. O’Brien is now using those corporate insights along others she has …

The Hartford Expands E&S Capabilities with Acquisition of Maxum Specialty

The Hartford has agreed to purchase Northern Homelands Co., the holding company of excess and surplus lines insurer Maxum Specialty Insurance Group, for $170 million in cash. According to the announcement, Maxum will maintain its brand and wholesale distribution model …

2 Instech Startups Target Small Business Insurance Market

Small business insurance providers will soon have two new competitors from the technology world. Next Insurance, an online shopper for small businesses, today announced a $13 million seed investment led by investors Zeev Ventures, TLV Partners and Ribbit Capital. Next …